Patents Examined by Khoi H. Tran
  • Patent number: 10350757
    Abstract: A customer service robot may be selected, or configured, to address a particular work item. Robots may comprise different functionality due to absent software or hardware or due to existent but worn or non-compliant components. A particular work item may have several means of resolution. A particular resolution path is selected in accord with the ability of a robot. Should no path exist, the robot may be transformed by the addition or installation of hardware and/or software to provide the absent functionality. Resolution paths may also be weighted based on the level of success provided by prior resolution paths and/or the requirement for human involvement. Accordingly, a resolution path may be provided that balances robot capability with the likelihood of success and an appropriate level of human involvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: George Erhart, Valentine C. Matula, David Skiba
  • Patent number: 10343531
    Abstract: A control device for a regenerative braking system having control electronics, the control electronics being designed, in consideration of at least one provided first variable with respect to a utilized coefficient of friction occurring in each case at the at least one wheel which may be regeneratively braked, to determine at least one preset variable with respect to at least one hydraulic minimum braking torque to be exerted on the at least one wheel which may be regeneratively braked, and, in consideration of at least the at least one determined preset variable, to determine the at least one setpoint variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Erban
  • Patent number: 10345782
    Abstract: A communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a robot control device, a programmable logic controller for establishing communication with the robot control device, and a communication setting device that is loaded with a configuration file to define communication parameters used in the communication. The communication setting device sets the communication parameters to the programmable logic controller. The robot control device includes a file output unit for outputting the configuration file depending on an internal state of the robot control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunichi Ozaki, Hiroji Nishi
  • Patent number: 10348910
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and a user device for real time processing of rating associated to one or more telecommunication services. The user device comprises a personalized product catalogue module for receiving a personalized product catalogue comprising one or more telecommunication services. The personalized product catalogue further comprises a plurality of rules associated with rating of each of the one or more telecommunication services. The user device further may comprise a monitoring module for monitoring an event triggered for establishing a communication. The user device may further capture service consumption data pertaining to the appropriate telecommunication service being consumed for the processing of the event. The user device may further rate the event based on the service consumption data and at least one rule, of the plurality of rules, stored in the personalized product catalogue corresponding to the appropriate service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Anshoo Gaur
  • Patent number: 10334781
    Abstract: An agricultural harvester has a chassis carrying a header for gathering a crop. The header is removably attached to a feeder housing for feeding the crop into the agricultural harvester to be processed. A threshing and separating system is connected to the feeder housing for separating grain from Material Other than Grain (MOG). A grain cleaning system is connected to the threshing and separating system for further cleaning the separated grain. The grain cleaning system has at least one sieve operable to oscillate fore and aft and a side shaker mechanism operable to produce a side to side shaking motion in the at least one sieve. A control system is connected to the side shaker mechanism and operable to automatically proportionately increase an amount of the side to side shaking motion as a function of an amount and type of crop being processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Clay A. Reinecke
  • Patent number: 10340820
    Abstract: An example unmanned aerial vehicle includes a power source, a processor module having one or more processors, and a plurality of boom arms, each boom arm being couplable to a printed circuit board (PCB) and a plurality of propellers. In the example UAV, a PCB of each boom arm includes a power hub electrically couplable to the power source and to corresponding propellers of the boom arm, and a signal hub electrically couplable to at least one processor of the processor module and to the corresponding propellers. Further, in the example UAV, the power hub of each PCB is configured to transfer power from the power source to the corresponding propellers, and wherein the signal hub of each PCB is configured to transfer signals from the processor module to the corresponding propellers such that the processor module controls the plurality of propellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Adam Woodworth, Greg Vulikh, John FitzSimons
  • Patent number: 10338593
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide accurate positioning for a hydraulic steering system without a need for a steering reference transducer. A hydraulic steering system may include a logic device in communication with an autopilot pump controller. Control and sensor signals provided by the pump controller are used to determine a linear or uncompensated steering actuator speed and an estimate of the hydraulic elasticity of the steering system, which can be modeled as an estimate of the air volume trapped within the steering system. The hydraulic elasticity/air volume estimate is used to determine a corrected or compensated steering actuator speed, and the corrected steering actuator speed is used to accurately control the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, Chris Yeomans, Richard Moth
  • Patent number: 10340968
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal, including a main body, a communication unit mounted in the main body to perform communication with an external device, a proximity sensor to detect a part of a user's body adjacent to the main body when the communication is performed through the communication unit, a signal processing unit to generate primary detection information, indicating the detection result of the part of the user's body adjacent to the main body, based on sensing data received from the proximity sensor, and a processor to transmit a request signal to the signal processing unit to request for secondary detection information, indicating the detection result of the part of the user's body adjacent to the main body, in response to a reception of the primary detection information from the signal processing unit, and to determine whether or not the part of the user's body adjacent to the main body exists, through comparison between the primary detection information and the secondary detecti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sooho Bang, Youngjoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10336592
    Abstract: A central computer system directs a motorized transport unit through a retail shopping facility to a particular mobile item container having at least one item disposed therein, that item being designated for return to a particular department within the retail shopping facility such that this item can then again be presented for sale. After causing that motorized transport unit to physically attach to this mobile item container, the central computer system then directs that motorized transport unit through the retail shopping facility with the attached particular mobile item container to the one or more departments to which the item or items are to be so returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Atchley, David C. Winkle, Donald R. High
  • Patent number: 10341984
    Abstract: The flight control part 201 makes the unmanned aerial vehicle fly along a flight path in a predetermined area. The radio wave acquisition part 202 acquires radio wave information including a radio wave intensity when the radio unit of the unmanned aerial vehicle detects a short-distance radio wave of the user terminal during the flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle. The flight position acquisition part 203 acquires GPS position information of the unmanned aerial vehicle when the radio unit detected the short-distance radio wave, as a flight position of the unmanned aerial vehicle based on a GPS unit of the unmanned aerial vehicle. The terminal position calculation part 204 calculates a presence position of the user terminal in the area based on a radio wave intensity of the acquired radio wave information, and the acquired flight position of the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Adinte, INC.
    Inventors: Shinji Sogo, Kunio Arakawa, Manabu Inamori, Shingo Fujino
  • Patent number: 10328572
    Abstract: A device is provided that includes a plurality of hardware segments. The device also includes a plurality of actuators to actuate the plurality of hardware segments. The device also includes a controller to cause at least one of the plurality of actuators to adjust positions of at least one of the plurality of hardware segments to correspond to a particular arrangement, to determine physical parameters of the device responsive to the adjustment of the positions, and to generate an identification code for the device based on the physical parameters. The physical parameters may include one or more of electrical parameters of the plurality of actuators or mechanical parameters of the plurality of actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Garratt Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10332408
    Abstract: The device includes a reception unit for receiving a target energy including a target altitude and a target speed, a computation unit for computing a target energy state relative to the target energy, a computation unit for computing an energy difference between a final energy state at a final position, a computation unit for computing a dissipation distance making it possible for the aircraft to dissipate this energy difference, a computation unit for computing a limit position situated upstream of the final position, along a future flight trajectory of the aircraft, by the dissipation distance, the limit position being the most downstream position where the aircraft can dissipate the energy difference of the aircraft up to the final position, and an information transmission unit for transmitting at least the limit position to at least one user system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Andrea Giovannini
  • Patent number: 10327855
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for providing commanded movement of an end effector of a manipulator while providing a desired movement of one or more joints of the manipulator. Methods include augmenting a Jacobian so that joint movements calculated from the Jacobian perform one or more auxiliary tasks and/or desired joint movements concurrent with commanded end effector movement, the one or more auxiliary tasks and/or desired joint movements extending into a null-space. The auxiliary tasks and desired joint movements include inhibiting movement of one or more joints, inhibiting collisions between adjacent manipulators or between a manipulator and a patient surface, commanded reconfiguration of one or more joints, or various other tasks or combinations thereof. Such joint movements may be provided using joint velocities calculated from the pseudo-inverse solution of the augmented Jacobian. Various configurations for systems utilizing such methods are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Arjang M. Hourtash, Nitish Swarup, Pushkar Hingwe
  • Patent number: 10327618
    Abstract: An automatic cleaning system including a charging base and a cleaning robot is provided. The charging base includes a signal transmitter and a power supply portion. The charging base determines whether to transmit a start signal by the signal transmitter according to a preset time. The cleaning robot includes a signal receiver and a power receiving portion. The power receiving portion is configured to be electrically connected to the power supply portion of the charging base when the cleaning robot performs a charging operation. When the signal receiver receives the start signal, the cleaning robot leaves the charging base, and performs a cleaning operation. In addition, a charging base suitable for charging an automatic cleaning device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: IBOT Robotic Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 10322688
    Abstract: A battery management system (BMS) controls lithium battery access on a utility vehicle. The BMS includes a battery interface that couples with a lithium battery, a load interface that couples with a set of loads of the utility vehicle, and control circuitry coupled with the battery interface and the load interface. The control circuitry mechanically disconnects the battery interface from the load interface in response to a sleep event. Additionally, after the battery interface is mechanically disconnected from the load interface, the control circuitry mechanically reconnects the battery interface to the load interface in response to a wakeup event. Furthermore, after the battery interface is mechanically reconnected to the load interface, the control circuitry maintains connection between the battery interface and the load interface to convey power from the lithium battery to the set of loads of the utility vehicle through the battery interface and the load interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur James Harvey, Norman R. Padgett, John Ledden, Robert Charles Bradley, Patrick Dwaine Warden
  • Patent number: 10316811
    Abstract: A method for guaranteeing starting performance of an engine for maintaining driving performance is provided. The method includes executing a quasi-failure mode in which the engine is changed to a driving state when an engine cranking apparatus state is maintained equal to or less than a threshold for a predetermined period of time. As a result, the engine is driven in the quasi-failure mode while the hybrid vehicle is driven in the EV mode to prevent the vehicle system from being aggravated and fundamentally preventing the degradation in the stability of the vehicle causing driver discomfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seok-Min Jeong
  • Patent number: 10315312
    Abstract: A robotic system that includes a mobile robot linked to a plurality of remote stations. One of the remote stations includes an arbitrator that controls access to the robot. Each remote station may be assigned a priority that is used by the arbitrator to determine which station has access to the robot. The arbitrator may include notification and call back mechanisms for sending messages relating to an access request and a granting of access for a remote station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INTOUCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yulun Wang, Charles S. Jordan, Keith Phillip Laby, Jonathan Southard
  • Patent number: 10319109
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for enabling interaction with physical objects as proxy objects representing virtual objects are provided herein. Virtual reality application data associated with a virtual reality application executed on a virtual reality device, a first virtual reality object data associated with a first virtual reality object from the virtual reality application, and virtual reality event data associated with one or more events from the virtual reality application may be received. Robotic arms including a robotic hand may grasp a first physical object which corresponds to the first virtual reality object of the virtual reality application. Sensors may detect a user interaction with the first physical object. Force feedback instructions commanding the robotic arms to move while maintaining grasp of the first physical object may be generated and executed based on detecting the user interaction with the first physical object and based on the virtual reality event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Wesley Murrish, John P. Moon
  • Patent number: 10319030
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for automatically re-routing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In one implementation, a system for automatically re-routing a UAV includes at least one processor configured to: retrieve a plurality of requests to deposit currency using the UAV, generate a first route including at least two of the requests such that an associated expected total amount of currency is less than a depository threshold; transmit the first route to the UAV; receive, from the UAV, an indication that an amount of currency collected at a location is greater than an amount of currency included in the request associated with the location; revise the expected total amount accordingly; when the revised expected total amount exceeds the depository threshold, generate a second route having an associated expected total amount below the depository threshold; and transmit the second route to the UAV to override the first route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Park
  • Patent number: 10300599
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling movement and an applied force at the tip of the continuum robot that includes a plurality of independently controlled segments along its length. An estimated force at the tip of the continuum robot is determined based on measurements of loads and positions of each segment. A reference position command and a force command are received from a user interface. The reference position command indicates a desired movement for the distal end of the continuum robot and the force command indicates a desired force to be applied by the tip of the continuum robot to a tissue surface. The position of the continuum robot is adjusted to cause the tip of the continuum robot to apply the desired force to the tissue surface based on the estimated force at the tip of the continuum robot, the reference position command, and the force command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Nabil Simaan, Andrea Bajo, James L. Netterville, C. Gaelyn Garrett, Roger E. Goldman