Patents Examined by Khoi H. Tran
  • Patent number: 11565427
    Abstract: A robot system includes a robot for performing predetermined processing to a treating object, a photographing device for photographing the treating object, a robot control device for performing position compensation of a moving destination of the robot so as to track the treating object, on a basis of previously-set information on positions of the robot, the photographing device and the treating object, and an image of the treating object photographed by the photographing device, and a display device for providing an AR space. The robot control device calculates a position of the photographing device on the basis of the information on the positions of the robot and the photographing device. The display device displays an image imitating the photographing device at a corresponding position in the AR space, on a basis of the calculated position of the photographing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yoshino, Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 11565419
    Abstract: A method and device for controlling a robot, and a robot. The device detects whether there is an article being put into or taken out from a storage container of a robot, and if it is detected that an article is put into or taken out from the storage container, an information list is updated according to the article being put into or taken out, the information list recording relevant information about articles in the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignees: BEIJING JINGDONG SHANGKE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BEIJING JINGDONG CENTURY TRADING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hui Cheng
  • Patent number: 11565416
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transporting robot which executes a mounted artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm and/or machine learning algorithm and communicates with different electronic devices and external servers in a 5G communication environment. The transporting robot includes a wheel driver, a loading box, and a robot controller. The transporting robot is provided such that a transporting service using an autonomous robot may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jungsik Kim
  • Patent number: 11565742
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adjusting a servo steering torque in a vehicle steering system, wherein the servo steering torque can be generated by an actuator of the vehicle steering system. The method comprises: receiving a driver's steering request, receiving a steering request from at least one driver assistance system, receiving at least one driving dynamics variable, determining a static state in which a change of the driver's steering request and the driving dynamics variable each is below a predetermined threshold, and if the static state has been determined, adjusting the servo steering torque by regulating, wherein a control variable for the regulation is determined based on a driver's steering request and the steering request by the driver assistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Lars Stoltze, Alexander Bartels, Martin Sachwitz, Hendrik Fricke
  • Patent number: 11560108
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system implements a method for helping to protect a vehicle occupant in the event of a frontal collision. The method includes determining a passive safety crash mode classification in response to crash signals received in response to the occurrence of a crash event. The method also includes determining an active safety crash mode classification in response to active safety signals received prior to the occurrence of the crash event. The method also includes determining an active safety confidence factor for the active safety crash mode classification. The method also includes determining the weighted crash mode classification as being the active crash mode classification in response to the active safety confidence factor exceeding a predetermined confidence value. The method further includes determining the weighted crash mode classification as being the passive crash mode classification in response to the active safety confidence factor not exceeding the predetermined confidence value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Kiran Balasubramanian, Charles A. Bartlett, Andreas Fleckner, Harald Pfriender, Raymond David, Huahn-Fern Yeh
  • Patent number: 11560133
    Abstract: A system of a vehicle includes: a torque request module configured to determine a first engine torque request based on a driver input and to set a second engine torque request to a lesser one of (a) the first engine torque request and (b) an engine torque limit; and a torque limit module configured to, when a vehicle speed is less than a predetermined speed, an accelerator pedal position is greater than a predetermined accelerator pedal position, and a brake torque request for braking of the vehicle is greater than a predetermined torque, set the engine torque limit to less than the first engine torque request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Stefan M. Frick, Bradford W. Bur
  • Patent number: 11561762
    Abstract: The following invention is a vocally activated control system for controlling an apparatus in a surgical setting, the system comprises: a. a voice sensor configured to detect vocal commands generated by surgeons during surgery; b. a signal transmitter connected to the voice sensor, the transmitter is configured to convert a vocal command into a transmittable signal and transmit it; c. a processor connected to a signal transmitter configured to receive a transmittable vocal signal, the processor is configured to convert a vocal signal to a predetermined set of operative instructions associated with the apparatus, the predetermined set of operative instructions comprising at least one instruction; and d. control means connected to the processor and apparatus; the control means is configured to receive a predetermined set of operative instructions and to cause the apparatus to operate accordingly; Said voice sensor and said transmitter are integrated within a wearable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Asensus Surgical Europe S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Gal Atarot, Motti Frimer, Tal Nir, Lior Alpert
  • Patent number: 11559890
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a trajectory of a robot's end effector are disclosed. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes a force obtaining device to obtain a collision force of the end effector of the robot, caused by a collision of the end effector upon the collision being detected; and a trajectory determining device to determine a second trajectory of the end effector based on the collision force of the end effector obtained, and based on a recorded first trajectory of the end effector. The recorded first trajectory is a trajectory recorded before the collision, and the second trajectory is a trajectory determined after the collision. As such, an efficient protection for the robot and its working environment at the moment of collision may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wen Kang Xu, Jian Qiang Wu, Yue Zhuo
  • Patent number: 11559893
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for avoiding singular configurations of a robot. A singular configuration of the robot is obtained. A location of an end effector of the robot when the robot is in the singular configuration is determined. For each of a plurality of voxels in a workcell, a distance from the voxel to the location of the end effector when the robot is in the singular configuration is computed. A negative potential gradient of the computed distance is computed. Control rules are generated, wherein the control rules, when followed by the robot, offset the trajectory of the robot according to the negative potential gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Intrinsic Innovation LLC
    Inventor: Sean Alexander Cassero
  • Patent number: 11559886
    Abstract: A robot and an operation method thereof are disclosed. A robot may include a loading box provided to load goods, and to be movable at a certain distance with respect to the robot when closed and opened, a drive wheel configured to drive the robot, an auxiliary wheel provided at a position spaced apart from the drive wheel, and a variable supporter configured to change the position of the auxiliary wheel, and supporting the loading box, and the variable supporter may move the auxiliary wheel so as to correspond to the movement direction of the center of gravity of the robot. The robot may transmit and receive a wireless signal on the mobile communication network constructed according to a 5 Generation (G) communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jung Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 11559901
    Abstract: A robot comprises: a display unit; a user input unit for receiving a request for providing a first service from a first user; a communication unit for connection to a first mobile terminal of a second user; and a control unit for controlling the display unit such that the same displays a screen including first data for providing the first service, in response to the request for providing the first service, receiving a request for providing a second service from the first mobile terminal, and transmitting, to the first mobile terminal, second data for providing the second service, in response to the received request for providing the service second service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jaeduck Jung
  • Patent number: 11554481
    Abstract: A workpiece transport apparatus for transporting a workpiece includes: a hand device; a moving device that includes a movable part mounted with the hand device and that includes at least one drive axis configured to operate the movable part; a current measurement section configured to measure a current value of a motor that drives the drive axis; and a workpiece number detection section configured to detect that a number of workpieces held by the hand device is different from an expected number based on a comparison result between the current value measured by the current measurement section when the hand device holds the workpiece, and a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kato
  • Patent number: 11554491
    Abstract: A system includes a moveable element adapted to move relative to a coordinate system defined for a robot, an object detection transceiver unit adapted to be mounted on the moveable element, and a controller. The controller controls the object detection transceiver unit to emit a signal and obtain a return signal for an operational cell of the robot at each of a series of predetermined positions to emulate a transceiver aperture larger than an aperture of the object detection transceiver unit. A location corresponding to a marker present in the operational cell is determined from the return signals. A predetermined operation is carried out where the predetermined operation includes using the determined location to guide movement of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Peter C. Karlsson, Mattias Falk, Hannes Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 11555912
    Abstract: An automatic wall climbing type radar photoelectric robot system for damages of a bridge and tunnel structure, mainly including a control terminal, a wall climbing robot and a server. The wall climbing robot generates a reverse thrust by rotor systems, moves flexibly against the surface of a rough bridge and tunnel structure by adopting an omnidirectional wheel technology, and during inspection by the wall climbing robot, bridges and tunnels do not need to be closed, and the traffic is not affected. Bridges and tunnels can divide into different working regions only by arranging a plurality of UWB base stations, charging and data receiving devices on the bridge and tunnel structure by means of UWB localization, laser SLAM and IMU navigation technologies, a plurality of wall climbing robots supported to work at the same time, automatic path planning and automatic obstacle avoidance realized, and unattended regular automatic patrolling can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: SHANDONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Yao Li, Fengkai Zhang, Lichao Nie, Jing Wang, Zhengfang Wang, Zhengyu Liu, Xinji Xu
  • Patent number: 11548167
    Abstract: A robot for making coffee and a method for controlling the same are provided to couple or decouple a portafilter to or from an espresso machine without damage to the espresso machine or the portafilter due to a collision between the espresso machine and the portafilter. The robot includes a robot arm to move with a predetermined degree of freedom, a gripper provided in the robot arm to grip a portafilter, a torque sensor provided in the robot arm to detect repulsive force (Fr) when the portafilter makes contact with a group head of an espresso machine, and a controller configured to set a virtual spring having a predetermined elastic modulus (C) based on the repulsive force (Fr) detected by the torque sensor, and to control driving torque (T) of the robot arm depending on the restoring force (Fe) of the virtual spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Taeyoung Choi
  • Patent number: 11550303
    Abstract: A robotic production line assembly has a recipe programmed in order to process a workpiece, an articulated robot having the recipe assigned thereto, an end effector attached to a wrist of the robot, a feeding system that transfers the workpiece, an unloading system that unloads the workpiece from a process conveyor, a plurality of working stations cooperative with the robot, a workpiece identification system, a robotic controller and a system controller. The robotic production line is compact and is capable of flexible and chaotic production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Osman Canberi
  • Patent number: 11548148
    Abstract: A robot control device includes: a creep-information storage unit that stores an amount of bending in correspondence with a cumulative time, the bending occurring in a robot due to creep deformation; a mastering-data storage unit that stores mastering data of the robot; a timer that measures the cumulative time; and a correction unit that corrects the mastering data stored in the mastering-data storage unit based on the amount of bending stored in the creep-information storage unit in correspondence with the cumulative time measured by the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Nakayama, Kenichiro Oguri
  • Patent number: 11541535
    Abstract: A robot control device includes manual pulse generation units that generate pulses having a pulse number depending on an operation amount of an operator, command signal calculation units that calculate an operation command signal to a robot based on a pulse number to be input, and a pulse number limiting unit that limits, to a threshold, the pulse number to be input into the command signal calculation units, in a case or cases where the pulse number generated by the manual pulse generation units is larger than the predetermined threshold, where, in a case or cases where the pulse number generated by the manual pulse generation units is equal to or less than the threshold, the pulse number is output as it is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunichi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 11541538
    Abstract: A robot cleaner according to the present invention includes a body provided with a driving unit for movement, a position recognition unit provided in the body to recognize a position of the body, a storage unit configured to store, on a map, a region cleaned while the body is moving by the driving unit, and a control unit configured to control the driving unit, wherein the control unit determines whether a charging stand exists in a cleaning completed region on the map stored in the storage unit when a return condition that the body returns to the charging stand is satisfied, searches for an uncleaned region when the charging stand is not located in the cleaning completed region, and controls the driving unit such that the body moves from a current position to a point in a found uncleaned region or a point around the found uncleaned region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Seungjin Ahn
  • Patent number: 11541541
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a technique for a gripping system having an arm mechanism and a hand mechanism attached to the arm mechanism, by which an operation of the arm mechanism can be stopped as soon as the hand mechanism contacts an object. In the gripping system according to the present invention, the hand mechanism is provided with a contact detection unit for detecting that a predetermined site of the hand mechanism has come into contact with the object. The hand mechanism is also provided with a signal transmission unit that is electrically connected to an arm control device. The signal transmission unit transmits a command signal to stop the operation of the arm mechanism directly to the arm control device at the point where the contact detection unit detects that the predetermined site of the hand mechanism has come into contact with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Matsuo