Patents Examined by Jonathan L Sample
  • Patent number: 11142095
    Abstract: A control system for a seat of a vehicle, the control system includes: a seat actuator disposed at each of seats in the vehicle to implement motions of the seats including folding, reclining, sliding, or rotating of the seats; a motion calculator calculating types and degrees of motions of the seats based on information about a passenger and an object received from a user; and a driving controller enabling all of the passenger and the object input by the user to be loaded by controlling the seat actuators in accordance with a calculation result of the motion calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eun Sue Kim, Dae Ig Jung, Seung Hyeok Chang, Hong Heui Lee
  • Patent number: 11142217
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a motor vehicle having an automated driving function. Specific operating modes are each assigned, in each instance, at least one load profile, which is a function of the load circuit needed for the operating mode and normally occurs during this operating mode. At least one characteristic quantity of the energy store is predicted as a function of the load profile. The corresponding operating mode and/or the automated driving function is enabled as a function of the predicted characteristic quantity of the energy store. The predicted characteristic quantity is ascertained as a function of a base load and/or a switching-off potential of the load circuit not needed for the operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Bohne, Juergen Motz, Marco Meissner, Martin Andreas Lohrmann, Oliver Dieter Koller
  • Patent number: 11135724
    Abstract: A jig according to the present disclosure includes N planes (N is an integer equal to or larger than 4) respectively attached with patterns, in which ?90°<?<90°??(1) 0?0??(2) where ? is an angle formed by, with respect to a reference normal vector perpendicular to a jig reference plane, the jig reference plane being one plane among the N planes, and having a direction from the jig reference plane toward a space in which the stereo camera is disposed, a non-reference normal vector perpendicular to a non-reference plane different from the jig reference plane among the N planes and having a direction from the non-reference plane toward the space in which the stereo camera is disposed. Non-reference normal vectors corresponding to N?1 non-reference planes among the N planes have directions different from one another with respect to the reference normal vector and do not have directions symmetrical with respect to the reference normal vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Atsushi Harada
  • Patent number: 11135718
    Abstract: Robots, users, or a central controller may leverage Geo analytics and/or augmented reality to search for, discover, access and use robots. The robots may perform tasks to provide selective services on-demand within medicine, agriculture, military, entertainment, manufacturing, personal, or public safety, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 11135719
    Abstract: A system controlling method according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises operating a plurality of agents having mutually independent processes using a shared memory; obtaining hardware control data for controlling one or more devices from each of references generated from the plurality of agents and stored in the shared memory; and transferring control signals according to the references to the one or more devices selected from the hardware control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: RAINBOW ROBOTICS
    Inventors: Jung Ho Lee, Jeong Soo Lim
  • Patent number: 11137257
    Abstract: A method and system for providing improved navigation through interactive suggestion of improve solutions along a path of waypoints includes receiving in a user device a destination for a user. Data associated with the destination is transmitted to a network as well as information correlated to a location of the user. Data associated with at least one modified waypoint for an improved navigation solution is received from the network. The modified waypoints are determined in accordance with a set of parameters. Task and notification information are received from the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Donald Perciful, James Pratt, Robert Dailey, Yupeng Jia
  • Patent number: 11130241
    Abstract: This robot includes a robot arm, a controller which controls the robot arm, an operation panel which sends a control signal to the controller, a camera which is provided in the operation panel and which captures images of an operator who operates the operation panel, a determination means which determines whether or not the operator is looking at a surface of the operation panel on which an operation portion is provided on the basis of the images captured by the camera, and a limitation means which limits motion of the robot arm when it is determined that the operator is looking at the surface or when it is determined that the operator has continuously been looking at the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Katsuhisa
  • Patent number: 11123871
    Abstract: Described in detail herein is autonomous system for performing instructed operations. A switch device in electrical communication with an autonomous robot device and a remote computing system, can replicate a first display of the autonomous robot device on a second display of the remote computing system. The switch device provides an interface for remotely controlling the autonomous robot device via the remote computing system. The autonomous robot device can control the articulated arm to move the at least one card to physically interact with a card reader. The remote computing system can autonomously extract each action performed by the autonomous robot device from the first display in response to replication of the first display on the second display via the switch device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Johnson, Timothy Mark Fenton
  • Patent number: 11123863
    Abstract: A teaching device for teaching a motion of a robot, including an image projector which projects an image on a projection surface in a working space of the robot; an indicator position detector which detects a position of an indicator on the projection surface; an image generator which generates or updates the image based on the position of the indicator that is detected by the indicator position detector; and a processor which calculates a teaching point for teaching a motion of the robot based on the position of the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kishi
  • Patent number: 11119496
    Abstract: Some aspects include a method including: generating, with a processor of the robot, a map of the workspace; segmenting, with the processor of the robot, the map into a plurality of zones; transmitting, with the processor of the robot, the map to an application of a communication device; receiving, with the application, the map; displaying, with the application, the map; receiving, with the application, at least one input for the map; implementing, with the application, the at least one input into the map to generate an updated map of the workspace; transmitting, with the application, the updated map to the processor of the robot; receiving, with the processor of the robot, the updated map; generating, with the processor of the robot, a movement path based on the map or the updated map; and actuating, with the processor of the robot, the robot to traverse the movement path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Lukas Fath
  • Patent number: 11112792
    Abstract: A cleaning robot includes a user interface to display a map image including one or more divided regions, and the user interface displays an icon corresponding to a state value of a main device on the map image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong Joo Han
  • Patent number: 11110938
    Abstract: A steering angle display device includes a display part disposed along a ring portion of a steering wheel of a vehicle; and a controller configured, during automated driving control in which a steering angle of the vehicle is controlled in accordance with road situations without rotating the steering wheel, to cause a steering angle indication indicating the controlled steering angle to be displayed at a position of the display part in accordance with the controlled steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Susumu Mega, Yoshiaki Nabe
  • Patent number: 11110599
    Abstract: A control device of a robot includes: an image data acquirer acquiring image data taken by a camera, the image data including a hand teaching substrate and substrate placing portion, the teaching substrate arranged as a teaching target at a substrate target position; a virtual substrate information generator generating information of a virtual substrate virtually arranged at the hand substrate placing portion in the image data; an operating unit receiving an input and generate operation information corresponding to the input; a screen display unit displaying an image of the teaching substrate and an image of the virtual substrate on a screen; a robot operation control unit controlling an operation of the robot arm in accordance with the operation information; and a teaching data record unit storing, as teaching data, a position of the hand when the virtual substrate has coincided with the teaching substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirohiko Goto, Tetsuya Yoshida, Haruhiko Tan, Kazuo Fujimori, Katsuhiro Yamashita, Masahiko Sumitomo
  • Patent number: 11104000
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media of traversing an obstacle including receiving optical data associated with an area near the robot, identifying the obstacle in the area based on the optical data, deflating, in response to identifying the obstacle, a ball of the robot, and applying a downward force through the deflated ball to propel the robot over the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Soshi Iba
  • Patent number: 11084527
    Abstract: Method for monitoring the operation of a power steering system including a steering wheel, a servo motor and a monitoring module, characterized in that said method involves a step of determining at least one temporary limit value of a parameter, a step of estimating an additional value which an assistance functionality contributes to a setpoint value of the parameter, and a step of correcting the at least one temporary limit value by the additional value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventors: Romain Moretti, Tahar Slama
  • Patent number: 11084169
    Abstract: A robotic arm assembly includes a robotic arm, a base, and a utility member, the robotic arm extending between a root end attached to the base and a distal end including the utility member. A method for controlling the robotic arm assembly includes: determining a position of the base, the root end, or both relative to the environment; determining a task position and orientation for the utility member within the environment; determining a three-dimensional constraint of the environment; and determining a path for the robotic arm through the environment based on each of the position of the base, the root end, or both relative to the environment, the task position and orientation for the utility member within the environment, and the three-dimensional constraint of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Crispin Graham, Herbert Chidsey Roberts, David Scott Diwinsky, Julian Matthew Foxall
  • Patent number: 11077758
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vehicle control unit (VCU) and an operation method thereof that calculate a speed variation of a vehicle based on input information, predict an average speed of the vehicle based on the calculated speed variation, generate a first speed profile based on the predicted average speed, and generate a second speed profile by applying speed noise information to the first speed profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Daebong Jung, Mo-Yuen Chow, Habiballah Rahimi Eichi, Jinyong Jeon
  • Patent number: 11072070
    Abstract: A trajectory planning apparatus including a joint axis classification unit for classifying a plurality of joint axes of a robot into axis groups, according to joint axis classification information for classifying into the axis groups including at least a path search axis group, a path search unit for searching for a path of an angle of the joint axis classified into the path search axis group that minimizes an evaluation function for evaluating a planed trajectory, based on trajectory start point information representing a posture of the robot at a start point of the planed trajectory and trajectory endpoint information representing a posture of the robot at an end point of the planned trajectory, and an axis group angle calculation unit for calculating an angle of the joint axis classified into each axis group other than the path search axis group during the search of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Seno, Daisuke Tsutsumi, Daiki Kajita, Nobuaki Nakasu
  • Patent number: 11072336
    Abstract: A method for identifying a road condition, in which a piece of road condition information representing the road condition is determined using a front end air moisture value representing an air moisture at a front end of a vehicle and a rear end air moisture value representing an air moisture at a rear end of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Simon Weissenmayer
  • Patent number: 11065761
    Abstract: A method of training a robot to pick a plurality of articles includes determining an identity of an article and determining if the article has a uniform distribution of weight. If the article has a uniform distribution of weight, a three-dimensional (3D) model of the article is created and stored in a database record associated with the identity. If the article does not have a uniform distribution of weight, a 3D model is created, two-dimensional (2D) images of each side of the article are created, and a 3D center of gravity of the article is determined. The 3D model, the 2D images, and the 3D center of gravity of the article are stored in a database record associated with the identity of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Sciog, Laszlo T. Szebelledy