Patents Examined by Jaime Figueroa
  • Patent number: 10286564
    Abstract: A robotic device includes a robot arm. A fluid-powered tool is located on the robot arm. A hose supplies a pressurized working fluid to the fluid-powered tool. A fluid motor is coupled to an electric generator to drive the electric generator. An actuator selectively supplies the pressurized working fluid to the fluid motor. A battery is operatively connected to receive electrical energy from the electric generator. A controller is powered by the battery and is operatively connected to the actuator to control operation of the fluid motor and charging of the battery by the electric generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: Toby Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 10286552
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a brake of a machine that has a machine control unit and at least one moveable link that can be actuated by the machine control unit and that can be adjusted by a drive motor actuated by the machine control unit, which motor drives a shaft and which motor, in an engaged (closed) position of a brake that can be automatically actuated by the machine control unit, can be locked by said brake. The invention also relates to a machine with a machine control unit, in particular a robot with a robot control unit, which is configured and/or equipped for carrying out such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Monreal, Carsten Angeli
  • Patent number: 10272896
    Abstract: A device includes at least one of a brake position sensor operationally coupled to a brake and providing a brake position signal, or a clutch position sensor operationally coupled to a clutch and providing a clutch position signal. The device further includes a controller having a communication module structured to interpret the at least one of the brake position signal or the clutch position signal, and a collection module structured to collect vehicle dynamics information. The controller further includes a vehicle dynamics module structured to interpret the vehicle dynamics information, and a sensor diagnostics module structured to determine a failure of at least one of the clutch position sensor or the brake position sensor in response to the vehicle dynamics information and at least one of the clutch signal or the brake signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Praveen Chitradurga Muralidhar
  • Patent number: 10274953
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request to transport an item from a first location to a second location; selecting a bot for transporting the item from the first location to the second location; determining a first vertical level associated with an initial location of the selected bot and a second vertical level associated with a destination of the selected bot; determining whether the first vertical level associated is different than the second vertical level. The method further includes, in response to the determination that the first vertical level is different from the second vertical level, (a) selecting a transport device configured to transfer the selected bot from the first vertical level to the second vertical level in a vertical direction; and (b) outputting a control signal to the selected bot causing the selected bot to move to a first position associated with the selected transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Grey Orange Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Rupesh Agarwal, Gaurav Kumar, Jai Thakkar, Gaurav Kejriwal
  • Patent number: 10259514
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods to implement sectional design (e.g., in quadrants) of an autonomous vehicle may include modular construction techniques to assemble an autonomous vehicle from multiple structural sections. The multiple structural sections may be configured to implement radial and bilateral symmetry. A structural section based configuration may include a power supply configuration (e.g., using rechargeable batteries) including a double-backed power supply system. The power supply system may include a kill switch disposed on a power supply (e.g., at an end of a rechargeable battery). The kill switch may be configured to disable the power supply system in the event of an emergency or after a collision, for example. The radial and bilateral symmetry may provide for bi-directional driving operations of the autonomous vehicle as the vehicle may not have a designated front end or a back end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 10251709
    Abstract: Embodiments of architecture, systems, and methods to develop a learning/evolving system to robotically perform one or more activities of a medical procedure where the medical procedure may include diagnosing a patient's medical condition(s), treating medical condition(s), and robotically diagnosing a patient's medical condition(s) and performing one or more medical procedure activities based on the diagnosis without User intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Samuel Cho
  • Patent number: 10252420
    Abstract: A collaborative robot employs low ratio drives for three or more axes of movement, such as three primary axes. An arm assembly may be mounted to a support for movement along a vertical linear axis, and the arm assembly may include first and second arm links that are each rotatable about vertical axes, e.g., such that the arm links move in a horizontal plane. Low ratio drives may be used for movement along the vertical linear axis and the rotary axes for the first and second arm links. Feedforward and feedback control may be employed to control the movement of the arm assembly and arm links, and feedback torque components may be limited to 25% or less of the maximum drive torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Precise Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Carlisle, Bruce Shimano
  • Patent number: 10234538
    Abstract: A process described herein may be used to determine a first asset's position in a GNSS-limited environment. The process includes transmitting a current position for each of at least three additional assets in wireless messages by wireless transmitters. The current position for each of the at least three additional assets is determined using previously received position data and one more additional measurement generated by instruments on board the additional assets. The transmitted messages are received at a device of the first asset and a processor on the device implements pre-programmed instructions to access the current position for each of the three additional assets and determine the first asset's position using the current position for each of the three additional assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventor: George Fortney
  • Patent number: 10237679
    Abstract: An apparatus for location sharing may include a processor. The processor may be configured to access a point of interest and a geographic cell associated with the point of interest. In this regard, the geographic cell may include geographic cell boundaries. The processor may also be configured to receive location information. The location information may describe a location of a device. The processor may be further configured to determine whether the location described by the location information is within the geographic cell boundaries and associate the device with the point of interest in response to the location described by the location information being within the geographic cell boundaries. The processor may also be configured to share the association between the device and the point of interest via an online service. Associated methods and computer program products may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Kristian Luoma, Mikko Blomqvist, Jukka Alakontiola, Marcel Duee
  • Patent number: 10213354
    Abstract: An autonomous wheeled transportation device (1) for transporting beds and other items. The wheeled transportation device (1) comprises a base, with a lower part having a number of wheels (8, 12, 22). The autonomous wheeled transportation device (1) comprises at least one movable first engagement member (13) adapted to engage a frame part (14) of a bed, the movable first engagement member being movable between a resting engagement member position at or below a plane and horizontal surface (6) of the wheeled transportation device (1), and an activated engagement member position in which the movable first engagement member (15) engages the frame part (14) of the bed. The autonomous wheeled transportation device (1) comprises a further engagement member (19) located above said at least one substantially horizontal and plane surface (6), and adapted to engage a patient support base of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: IDEAssociates (IOM) Limited
    Inventor: Preben B. Fich
  • Patent number: 10214279
    Abstract: Aerial vehicles may be operated with discrete sets of propellers, which may be selected for a specific purpose or on a specific basis. The discrete sets of propellers may be operated separately or in tandem with one another, and at varying power levels. For example, a set of propellers may be selected to optimize the thrust, lift, maneuverability or efficiency of an aerial vehicle based on a position or other operational characteristic of the aerial vehicle, or an environmental condition encountered by the aerial vehicle. At least one of the propellers may be statically or dynamically imbalanced, such that the propeller emits a predetermined sound during operation. A balanced propeller may be specifically modified to cause the aerial vehicle to emit the predetermined sound by changing one or more parameters of the balanced propeller and causing the balanced propeller to be statically or dynamically imbalanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Allan Ko
  • Patent number: 10213921
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, from an imaging device associated with a robotic apparatus, an image signal; identifying an object of interest that is represented in the image signal, wherein the object of interest is identified by the robotic apparatus using the image signal based on irradiation of the object of interest by an external agent; receiving, by the robotic apparatus from the external agent, a task indication that is representative of a task to be performed by the robotic apparatus. Responsive to receipt of the task indication, the method further includes saving a robotic context including information associating the task to be performed with the object of interest, and causing the robotic apparatus to perform the task with respect to the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Meier
  • Patent number: 10207705
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system includes a plurality of cameras disposed at a vehicle, and an electronic control unit that includes an image processor operable to process image data captured by the cameras. A plurality of other sensors sense at least one of rearward and sideward of the equipped vehicle and capture sensor data. The collision avoidance system may determine imminence of collision with the equipped vehicle by another vehicle present exterior the equipped vehicle responsive at least in part to (a) image processing by the image processor of image data captured by a forward-viewing camera, a rearward-viewing camera, a driver side-viewing camera and/or a passenger side-viewing camera, and (b) radar data sensed by the plurality of other sensors, lidar data sensed by at least one lidar sensor of said plurality of other sensors and/or information transmitted to or from the equipped vehicle via a car2car (v2v) communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Johannes Wolf
  • Patent number: 10201897
    Abstract: A method for controlling a robot includes a first step and a second step. In the first step, the robot is controlled to hold at least one of a pipette and a container containing a liquid and to change a position of the pipette relative to the container so as to make a tip of the pipette contact a sediment in the container. In the second step, the robot is controlled to move the pipette in an upward direction from a predetermined position in the container with the tip of the pipette in contact with an inner side surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Miki Nakamura, Yoshikazu Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10195739
    Abstract: A robot comprising: a base; an articulated arm extending distally of the base and including two arm members coupled by a joint; a motor; a gearbox having an input shaft coupled to an output of the motor and an output shaft configured to drive relative motion of the arm members about the joint; a position sensor configured to sense relative position of the arm members about the joint; and a control system coupled to the arm configured to drive the motor, the control system being arranged to perform a calibration operation to estimate torque loss in the gearbox by the steps of (i) estimating the inertia of the portion of the arm distal of the joint for motion about the joint; (ii) applying a determined drive power to the motor; (iii) receiving from the position sensor position data indicating the motion of the arm in response to the applied drive power; and (iv) estimating the torque loss in the gearbox in dependence on the estimated inertia, the determined drive power and the position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Luke David Ronald Hares
  • Patent number: 10197402
    Abstract: To estimate an accurate travel direction of a user based on sensor signals from a mobile device being held by the user even if the user moves ahead while moving the mobile device right and left, a travel direction information output apparatus, a travel direction information output method, and a computer readable medium are provided, the travel direction information output apparatus including a travel direction estimation unit that calculates a travel direction of the user, a rotation amount calculation unit that calculates rotation amounts about a gravity axis of the mobile device being held by the user, and a selection unit that selects, based on an integrated value of the rotation amounts, from either to output travel direction information according to the travel direction calculated by the travel direction estimation unit or to output travel direction information that keeps previous travel direction information output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shiro Kobayashi, Masahiro Konda, Yuko Akagi
  • Patent number: 10197399
    Abstract: A method for localizing a robot in a localization plane with a bi-dimentional reference with axis x and y comprises: determining by odometry an estimation of coordinates x1 and y1 and orientation ?1 of the robot; determining an estimation ?2 of the orientation of the robot using a virtual compass; determining an estimation ?3 of the orientation of the robot by correlating parts of a reference and a query panorama; determining an estimation x4, y4 of the robot position using Iterative Closest Points; determining standard deviations ?_x1, ?_x2, ?_?1 ?_?2, ?_?3, ?_x4, ?_y4 of the estimations; determining probability distributions G(x1), G(y1), G(?1), G(?2), G(?3), G(x4), G(y4) of each estimation using standard deviations; determining three global distributions GLOB(x), GLOB(y), GLOB(?) and a global estimation xg, yg of the coordinates of the robot in the localization plane and a global estimation ?g of its orientation by applying maximum likelihood to global distributions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Emilie Wirbel, Arnaud de la Fortelle
  • Patent number: 10195748
    Abstract: A humanoid robot capable of identifying an individual in a natural way is described. This humanoid robot shakes a hand of a person to acquire biological information of the person and identify the individual person. Particularly, a near infrared light emitting device and a near infrared sensor are installed in a hand of the humanoid robot to irradiate a hand of a human being with near infrared light emitted from the near infrared light emitting device and detect a vein pattern by the near infrared sensor. The individual person can be identified by recording and collating this vein pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMAN Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeki Uetabira
  • Patent number: 10188471
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for controlling manipulator movements at joint range of motion limits are provided. In one aspect, methods include locking one or more joints of the manipulator when the one or more joints hit a respective joint limit by modifying an input into a Jacobian of the manipulator when calculating joint movement of a master control using inverse kinematics to provide improved, more intuitive force feedback through the master control. In some embodiments, scaling and weighting between different joint movements is applied within the inverse kinematics. In another aspect, methods include applying a constraint within the inverse kinematics so that calculated movement of the joints approach joint movements of an identical kinematic chain with applied loads within an isolated physical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Gabriel Brisson
  • Patent number: 10186046
    Abstract: Sensor information is obtained from a downward facing sensor coupled to an aircraft. A new position is determined using the sensor information, including by: obtaining directional information associated with the aircraft's direction of flight, obtaining a previous position associated with the aircraft, filtering a plurality of datasets in a ground feature database using the directional information and the previous position in order to obtain a reduced group of datasets (where each dataset in the ground feature database is associated with a known in-air position), and comparing the sensor information against the reduced group of datasets in order to determine the new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Zachais Vawter, Mark Johnson Cutler