Patents Examined by Khoi H. Tran
  • Patent number: 11927452
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes an acquisition unit, a connection unit, and a smoothing unit. The acquisition unit acquires route information, the route information including a route including a plurality of positions and a state parameter relating to a moving state of a mobile body when the mobile body moves along the route, the state parameter being associated with each of the positions of the route. The connection unit connects a first route included in acquired first route information and a second route included in acquired second route information to each other. The smoothing unit smooths a difference between a first state parameter associated with a first smoothing point on the first route and a second state parameter associated with a second smoothing point on the second route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taichi Yuki
  • Patent number: 11926067
    Abstract: In a robot control system, the operation of a mobile robot that moves autonomously inside a facility is controlled based at least on an image captured by a photographing device that photographs a blind area located at a blind angle to the mobile robot. When entry of the mobile robot into a predetermined area corresponding to the blind area is detected, the amount of information obtainable from an image captured by the photographing device is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shiro Oda, Tetsuya Taira, Satoshi Toyoshima, Yuta Watanabe, Takeshi Matsui, Takayoshi Nasu, Kei Yoshikawa, Yusuke Ota, Yutaro Ishida, Yuji Onuma, Kyosuke Arai
  • Patent number: 11919170
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to a method and system for path planning. Information of a current pose of a robotic arm having a plurality of operable segments is obtained. The information includes a plurality of values, each of which corresponds to an angle formed between consecutive operable segments of the robotic arm. A desired pose where the robotic arm needs to reach is also obtained. An angle step-value is computed for the current pose of the robotic arm based on a function of a distance between the current pose and the desired pose, wherein the angle step value is to be used to determine a plurality of candidate next poses of the plurality of operable segments. One or more of candidate next poses is selected based on at least one criterion, and a trajectory is determined from the current pose to the desired pose based on the selected next poses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: EDDA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Yuanfeng Mao, Guo-Qing Wei, Firdous Saleheen, Li Fan, Xiaolan Zeng, Jianzhong Qian
  • Patent number: 11921513
    Abstract: A moving robot includes: a boundary signal detector configured to detect a proximity boundary signal generated in a proximity boundary area in which a portion of a first travel area and a portion of a second travel area are proximal to each other; and a controller configured to define a proximity boundary line based on the proximity boundary signal, and control the travelling unit such that the body performs a homing travel which indicates travelling along the proximity boundary line. The moving robot may be included in a system that includes boundary wires to define the first and second travel areas. The system may further include a docking unit to dock with and charge the moving robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaehoon Lee, Jongjin Woo, Dongseong Kim, Dongkyun Nam
  • Patent number: 11918175
    Abstract: A control method for carpet drift in robot motion, a chip, and a cleaning robot are disclosed. The control method includes: performing fusion calculation on a current position coordinate of the robot according to data sensed by a sensor every first preset time, calculating amount of drift, relative to a preset direction, of the robot, according to a relative position relationship between a current position and an initial position of the robot, and accumulating to obtain a drift statistical value; and calculating the number of acquisitions of the position coordinate within a second preset time, averaging to obtain a drift average value, determining a state of the robot deviating from the preset direction according to the drift average value, and setting a corresponding Proportion Integration Differentiation (PID) proportionality coefficient to synchronously adjust speeds of left and right drive wheels of the robot while reducing a deviation angle of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: AMICRO SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jianfeng Dai
  • Patent number: 11921484
    Abstract: A safety rated robotic motor control system may be configured to receive sensor data from sensors positioned on a motor. The data can be received by a programmable logic device and processed to generate a fault message based on a first set of characteristics. The fault message and the data can be transmitted to a safety controller that determines a second set of characteristics and generates operating instructions based on the fault message and the second set of characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Croyle, Sean Garcen, Craig Ropi, Joshua Zarr
  • Patent number: 11911908
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are disclosed for using swept volume profile data cached in association with a PRM to improve various aspects of motion planning for a robot. In some implementations, a first probabilistic road map representing possible paths to be travelled by a robot within a physical area is generated. An initial path for the robot within the first probabilistic road map is determined. Data indicating a second probabilistic road map representing a path to be travelled by a movable object within the physical area is obtained. A potential obstruction associated with one or more edges included in the subset of edges is detected. An adjusted path for the robot within the first probabilistic road map is then determined based on the potential obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Intrinsic Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Dupuis, Keegan Go, Michael Hemmer
  • Patent number: 11912360
    Abstract: A vehicle control method for controlling a vehicle including executing a front wheel and a rear wheel including: front wheel-only steering operation control for turning the front wheel without turning the rear wheel in response to a steering instruction from a driving entity; executing rear wheel-only steering operation control for turning the rear wheel without turning the front wheel in response to the steering instruction from the driving entity; and executing a specified control execution process for executing one type of steering operation control specified by the driving entity among a plurality of types of steering operation control including at least the front wheel-only steering operation control and the rear wheel-only steering operation control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideki Okano, Hisashi Somada
  • Patent number: 11911916
    Abstract: A control system may receive a first plurality of measurements indicative of respective joint angles corresponding to a plurality of sensors connected to a robot. The robot may include a body and a plurality of jointed limbs connected to the body associated with respective properties. The control system may also receive a body orientation measurement indicative of an orientation of the body of the robot. The control system may further determine a relationship between the first plurality of measurements and the body orientation measurement based on the properties associated with the jointed limbs of the robot. Additionally, the control system may estimate an aggregate orientation of the robot based on the first plurality of measurements, the body orientation measurement, and the determined relationship. Further, the control system may provide instructions to control at least one jointed limb of the robot based on the estimated aggregate orientation of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Khripin, Alfred Anthony Rizzi
  • Patent number: 11914397
    Abstract: A robot control system according to the present embodiment is a robot control system that controls a plurality of mobile robots that can autonomously move in a facility. The robot control system acquires error information indicating that an error has occurred in a first transport robot, acquires transported object information related to a transported object of the first transport robot, determines a second transport robot able to transport the transported object of the first transport robot among the transport robots based on the transported object information and the error information, and moves the second transport robot to a transfer location of the transported object of the first transport robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shiro Oda, Tetsuya Taira, Satoshi Toyoshima, Yuta Watanabe, Takeshi Matsui, Takayoshi Nasu, Kei Yoshikawa, Yusuke Ota, Yutaro Ishida, Yuji Onuma, Kyosuke Arai
  • Patent number: 11911914
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method that automatically decides motion parameters of hand-eye calibration, and conducts the calibration procedure with minimal human intervention. It automatically computes hand-eye calibration motion parameters and spatial positions during pre-calibration, whereby the calibration pattern can continuously remain inside, and covering, the entire field of view FOV of the vision system camera, providing a fully automatic hand-eye calibration process. This system and method advantageously operates in a robot-based hand-eye calibration environment and can compensate for a cantilever effect between the calibration target and the FOV. A hand-eye calibration computes the transformation from the robot coordinate space to the camera coordinate space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Bernhard Drixler, Yingchuan Hu
  • Patent number: 11911900
    Abstract: To execute processing with high accuracy in terms of time and distance via a simple method. A robot controller comprises a motion command interpretation unit that interprets a motion command program describing a taught motion and a taught position of a robot and generates a motion command; a motion command execution unit that executes the motion command; a parallel call command detection unit that pre-reads the motion command program and detects a line where a parallel call command is taught; and a parallel call command execution unit that calls and executes a program designated by a parallel call command at a designated timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Yanagita
  • Patent number: 11909667
    Abstract: A vehicle control module includes a vehicle device and a vehicle network interface. The vehicle device is operable to perform a vehicle function. The vehicle network interface facilitates communication regarding the vehicle function between the vehicle device and a vehicle network fabric in accordance with a global vehicle network communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventors: Nariman Yousefi, Yongbum Kim, John Walley, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Wael W. Diab, Nicholas Ilyadis
  • Patent number: 11906972
    Abstract: Provided is a moving robot system including a moving robot and a charging station. The charging station includes a camera formed to capture the moving robot, a communication unit configured to communicate with the moving robot, a charging contact unit configured to charge the moving robot, and a control unit configured to control the camera to receive a preview image obtained by capturing the moving robot on the basis that the moving robot having been in contact with the charging contact unit is separated from the charging contact unit. The control unit performs different types of control on the basis of whether information indicating that the moving robot is being separated from the charging contact unit is received before the moving robot is separated from the charging contact unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaehoon Lee, Hyunsup Song, Jongjin Woo
  • Patent number: 11906981
    Abstract: A system for updating a virtual worksite includes a plurality of simulated construction machine controllers associated with a corresponding construction machine. Each simulated construction machine controller collects data indicative of an updated height map of one or more portions of the virtual worksite on which the corresponding construction machine is operating. A central controller receives the data indicative of the updated height map of the one or more portions of the virtual worksite from the plurality of simulated construction machine controllers and compares the received data with an initial data model of the virtual worksite. The central controller generates an updated data model of the virtual worksite based on the comparison and transmits the updated data model of the virtual worksite to each of the plurality of simulated construction machine controllers and/or a user interface. The user interface displays a real time streaming of data of the virtual worksite thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Lokanath Radha Krishnan, Sivakumar ShanmugaSundaram, Sarvika Raghu
  • Patent number: 11897452
    Abstract: An automotive electronic lateral dynamics control system of an autonomous motor vehicle, comprising a lateral driving path planner designed to plan a lateral driving path of the autonomous motor vehicle and defined by a reference curvature of the autonomous motor vehicle; an automotive electronic driving stability control system designed to control an automotive braking system to apply to the autonomous motor vehicle a yaw torque to hinder a driving instability condition of the autonomous motor vehicle; and an automotive electronic steering control system designed to control an automotive steering system to apply to the autonomous motor vehicle a steering angle or torque to cause the autonomous motor vehicle to follow the lateral driving path planned by the lateral driving path planner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: C.R.F. SOCIETA' CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Enrico Raffone, Claudio Rei
  • Patent number: 11892308
    Abstract: A system for determining and presenting visual representations includes a receiving module configured to receive a set of coordinates representing one or more geographic locations of one or more features of interest, and an analysis module configured to define a region corresponding to the set of coordinates, the region having an extent based on a level of uncertainty associated with the one or more features of interest. The system also includes a visualization module configured to generate a visual representation of the defined region and present the visual representation on a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Jang, Evan Stoddart, Vladimir Novikov, Henry Warren Grasman, Sean Douglas Vermillion, Rahul Patel, Andrea Rochelle Wharry
  • Patent number: 11884518
    Abstract: A pipelayer machine includes a propulsion system, a ranging, and a controller in communication with the propulsion system and the ranging system. The controller is configured to receive a predetermined distance that the pipelayer machine is to maintain between the pipelayer machine and an adjacent pipelayer machine, determine, via the ranging system, a first distance between the pipelayer machine and the adjacent pipelayer machine, and determine that a difference between the first distance and the predetermined distance is outside of a predetermined tolerance range. The controller is further configured to modify a speed of the propulsion system based at least in part on determining that the difference is outside of the predetermined tolerance range, wherein modifying the speed of the propulsion system causes acceleration or deceleration of the pipelayer machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis John Caldwell, Aaron J. Gnagey
  • Patent number: 11887478
    Abstract: There are provided a communication terminal, a server device, a movement guidance system, and a computer program that can provide movement guidance based on a new version of map information soon after starting up the communication terminal. Specifically, a communication terminal 5 is configured to identify, after its startup, update target areas which are areas whose terminal-side map information 48 included in the communication terminal 5 is an older version of map information than device-side map information 25 included in a server device 3; request the server device 3 for movement guidance information 26 targeted for at least update target areas around a current location, the movement guidance information 26 being used to provide movement guidance for a mobile unit; and provide movement guidance for the mobile unit using movement guidance information 26 transmitted from the server device 3 in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Hirano, Shingo Aoyama, Daisuke Tanizaki
  • Patent number: 11883965
    Abstract: Robotic processor embodiments determine via graphical image analysis physical attributes of an engagement area of a work-piece that a specified tool physically engages to execute a specific action. The processors identify a model set plurality of alternate substitute tools that are each available within a physical environment of the engagement area and have a body portion with physical dimensions that conform to physical dimensions of the work-piece engagement area, and thereby select a substitute tool that has a body portion that best conforms to the physical dimensions of the work-piece engagement area and meets constraints for substitute tool selection for executing the specific action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael K. Boudreau, Victor Povar, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim