Patents Examined by Kira Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11325263
    Abstract: Embodiments included herein are directed towards a system and method for robotic control. The system may include a graphical user interface configured to allow a user to access a data storage unit associated with a robot. The system may further include a configurable portion including the data storage unit, a manipulator controller, and a data transfer layer. The system may also include a generic portion configured to parse the configurable portion to generate a robotic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Xi Chen, Douglas E. Barker
  • Patent number: 11325247
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a robotic arm control method as well as an apparatus and a terminal device using the same. The method includes: obtaining a current joint angle of each of M joints of the robotic arm; obtaining a reference included angle based on the current joint angle of each of the M joints of the robotic arm; determining an expected included angle corresponding to the robotic arm within a target angle range based on the reference included angle and the preset included angle related evaluation function; and controlling the robotic arm based on the target joint angles of the M joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP LTD
    Inventors: Zecai Lin, Zhaohui An, Yizhang Liu, Meihui Zhang, Youjun Xiong, Jianxin Pang
  • Patent number: 11325245
    Abstract: A robot includes a base, a first body provided above the base, a first gearing configured to rotate the first body about the base, a second body provided above the first body, a second gearing configured to tilt the second body about a tilting axis, an interface installed in at least one of the first body and the second body, a first gear mounted on the second body and tilted together with the second body, and a damper mounted on the first body. The damper includes a damping gear engaged with the first gear, and the first gear is tilted along an outer circumference of the damping gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Moonchan Kim
  • Patent number: 11312012
    Abstract: A software compensated robotic system makes use of recurrent neural networks and image processing to control operation and/or movement of an end effector. Images are used to compensate for variations in the response of the robotic system to command signals. This compensation allows for the use of components having lower reproducibility, precision and/or accuracy that would otherwise be practical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: GIANT AI, INC.
    Inventor: Adrian Kaehler
  • Patent number: 11292121
    Abstract: A robot includes a spin body, and a drive motor, a spin motor, and a PCB connected electrically to the spin motor and the drive motor mounted on the spin body. Accordingly, the spin motor, the driving motor, and the PCB are rotated together with the spin body, so that relative movement does not occur between the PCB and the respective motors, and tangling or twisting of the connection member electrically connecting the respective motors and the PCB does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Moonchan Kim
  • Patent number: 11285608
    Abstract: Disclosed is a robot system including a plurality of robots and a server for communicating with the robots and monitoring and controlling the state of the robots, wherein the robots include different kinds of robots, and the server provides an integrated user interface including information about the different kinds of robots to a client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngwoo Jea, Taekmin Kwon, Hyungmin Kim, Pilju Mun, Byungkuk Sohn
  • Patent number: 11285624
    Abstract: An object detection device detects, when a camera that generates an image representing a target object and the target object do not satisfy a predetermined positional relationship, a position of the target object on the image by inputting the image to a classifier, and detects, when the camera and the target object satisfy the predetermined positional relationship, a position of the target object on the image by comparing, with the image, a template representing a feature of an appearance of the target object when the target object is viewed from a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masafumi Ooba
  • Patent number: 11279024
    Abstract: A hand of a robot includes: a hand main body including a palm; a plurality of fingers connected to the hand main body; a first spreader disposed inside the hand main body; a second spreader positioned between the palm and the first spreader and disposed in parallel to the first spreader; a plurality of stretching wires connected to any one of the first spreader and the second spreader, and configured to pull the fingers to cause the fingers to be stretched; a plurality of bending wires connected the other one of the first spreader and the second spreader, and configured to pull the fingers to cause the fingers to be bent; a driving mechanism configured to rotate and/or shift the first spreader and the second spreader; and a rotation detection sensor provided on at least one of the first spreader or the second spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Wonhee Lee
  • Patent number: 11279028
    Abstract: A control apparatus that controls a robot including a dispenser and range sensors includes a control unit, and the control unit controls a robot arm, when the dispenser is moved in a first moving direction, to place the first range sensor anterior and calculates an amount of ejection using a difference between values detected by the first range sensor and the second range sensor forming a set and controls the robot arm, when the dispenser is moved in a second moving direction, to place the third range sensor anterior and calculates the amount of ejection using a difference between values detected by the third range sensor and the fourth range sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Yoshito Miyamoto, Tsuguya Kojima, Yuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11279023
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for determining grasping positions for two-handed grasps of industrial objects. The system may include a processor configured to determine a three dimensional (3D) voxel grid for a 3D model of a target object. In addition, the processor may be configured to determine at least one pair of spaced apart grasping positions on the target object at which the target object is capable of being grasped with two hands at the same time based on processing the 3D voxel grid for the target object with a neural network trained to determine grasping positions for two-handed grasps of target objects using training data. Such training data may include 3D voxel grids of a plurality of 3D models of training objects and grasping data including corresponding pairs of spaced-apart grasping positions for two-handed grasps of the training objects. Also, the processor may be configured to provide output data that specifies the determined grasping positions on the target object for two-handed grasps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Industry Software Inc.
    Inventors: Erhan Arisoy, Guannan Ren, Rafael Blumenfeld, Ulrich Raschke, Suraj Ravi Musuvathy
  • Patent number: 11266287
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile robot includes a drive system to support the robot above a surface, a sensor system configured to generate a signal indicative of a location of the robot on the surface, and a controller operably connected to the drive system and the sensor system. The drive system is operable to navigate the robot about the surface. The controller is configured to execute instructions to perform operations including establishing a behavior control zone on the surface, controlling the drive system, in response to establishing the behavior control zone on the surface, to maneuver the robot to a location of the behavior control zone on the surface, and maneuvering, using the drive system, the robot about the surface and initiating a behavior in response to determining, based on the signal indicative of the location of the robot, that the robot is proximate the behavior control zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Mario Munich, Philip Fong, Vazgen Karapetyan, Andreas Kolling
  • Patent number: 11269343
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a moving robot and a control method thereof, and includes a sensor unit configured to detect an obstacle located in a traveling direction; a camera configured to photograph the obstacle, when the obstacle is detected by the sensor unit; a controller configured to control a certain operation to be performed in accordance with the obstacle. The controller analyzes a plurality of image data of the obstacle inputted from the camera to determine whether the obstacle can be identified and filters the image data, transmits the filtered image data among the plurality of image data to the server through the communication unit, and controls the traveling unit in accordance with obstacle information received from the server. Hence, by transmitting only recognizable image, unnecessary data transmission is reduced, and accordingly, transmission traffic is reduced and the load of image processing of the server is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sangyeol Park, Jaewon Song
  • Patent number: 11256250
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a plurality of autonomous mobile robots. A plurality of autonomous mobile robots comprise a first mobile robot including an antenna configured to transmit and receive signals, and a second mobile robot including a first antenna and a second antenna disposed on a front area of a main body thereof to transmit and receive signals to and from the antenna of the first mobile robot. The second mobile robot comprises a control unit configured to determine a relative position of the first mobile robot using the signal received by the first antenna and the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghoon Kwak, Kyoungsuk Ko, Sungwook Lee
  • Patent number: 11254320
    Abstract: Systems and methods of selective driver coaching are provided. Driver coaching systems learn the characteristics of a deceleration event. With the goal of increasing recouped energy while operating a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), driver coaching systems predict when the HEV can begin coasting at the start of the deceleration event. In this way, the amount of time during which regenerative braking can be applied may be increased. Coaching cues are provided to the driver so that the HEV can be operated in way that achieves the goal of increasing recouped energy. However, engaging in excessive regenerative breaking can negate its advantages if the amount needed to reaccelerate the HEV to a cruising/steady speed is too great. Selective driver coaching provides coaching cues only if the operating efficiency of the HEV exceeds the operating efficiency of the HEV when controlled by the driver without coaching cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey D. Gaither, Joshua D. Payne
  • Patent number: 11235455
    Abstract: A slave combining with a master in a robot tool changing system is disclosed. The slave includes a combination groove into which a protrusion of the master is inserted, at least one plate displacement measuring module arranged at a circumferential edge of a hole of the combination groove, and a slave communicator for communicating with the master. Accordingly, a robot tool changing system including an artificial intelligence (AI) function and performing 5G communications may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Dong Hyeong Lee
  • Patent number: 11235468
    Abstract: In robot teaching programming, a robot teaching programming method, apparatus and system, and a computer-readable medium, can realize the programming of a robot simply, and are not restricted in terms of robot types. A robot teaching programming system includes a movable apparatus for imitating movement of an end effector of a robot in a working space of the robot; a robot teaching programming apparatus for recording first movement information of the movable apparatus in a first coordinate system and converting the same to second movement information in a second coordinate system of the robot, and then programming the robot according to the second movement information. Using a movable apparatus to simulate an end effector of a robot has the advantages of ease of operation, and no restrictions in terms of robot types. Teaching programming is accomplished through simple coordinate transformation, and there is no need for advanced programming skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS LTD., CHINA
    Inventor: Dong Liang
  • Patent number: 11230011
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a robot system having a planar pick surface includes: bringing a robot gripper to a first location against the pick surface; and generating a first image of the robot gripper from below. When knowing that a certain identifiable part of the robot gripper in images always lies against the planar pick surface, the position and orientation of the pick surface in relation to a manipulator coordinate frame can be fully defined if the robot gripper's orientation in relation to the pick surface is known, or if there are images on identifiable parts of the robot gripper in at least three different positions against the pick surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Daniel Sirkett, Jeremy Pouech, Peter Fransson
  • Patent number: 11219494
    Abstract: A surgical assembly for use with and for selective connection to a robotic arm includes an electromechanical instrument and an instrument drive unit. The instrument drive unit includes a motor and a feedback assembly. The motor is configured to effect rotation of the electromechanical instrument. The feedback assembly includes control circuitry and first and second annular members. The control circuitry is configured to sense a change in a condition of the motor. The first annular member has a surface feature projecting therefrom. The second annular member is disposed adjacent the first annular member and has a first surface feature projecting therefrom, circumferentially aligned with the surface feature of the first annular member. Upon a threshold amount of rotation of the first annular member, the surface feature of the first annular member abuts the first surface feature of the second annular member to change the condition of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jaimeen Kapadia, Josiah Rosmarin
  • Patent number: 11215988
    Abstract: A control system includes a locomotion device that is configured to accompany a moving object such as a human operator or a robotic device. The control system is configured to control a motion of the locomotion device based on a location of at least one of the moving object relative to the locomotion device or a location of the locomotion device relative to the moving object. The control system is configured to control the locomotion device to maintain a position of the locomotion device with respect to the moving object to thereby synchronize the motion of the locomotion device with a motion of the moving object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Hanwoo Cho, Sangha Cho, Whang Cho
  • Patent number: 11213948
    Abstract: In some examples, temporal variation identification of regulatory compliance based robotic agent control may include ascertaining a temporal sequence of compliance specification text, where the temporal sequence may include time points and versions of the compliance specification text at the time points. For each time point of the temporal sequence of the compliance specification text, a compliance specification graph may be generated. Based on an analysis of each of the generated compliance specification graphs, changes in the temporal sequence of the compliance specification text may be determined. Further, an operation associated with a robotic agent may be controlled by the robotic agent and based on the determined changes in the temporal sequence of the compliance specification text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Janardan Misra, Vikrant Kaulgud, Divya Rawat, Kapil Singi, Sanjay Podder