Patents Examined by Masud Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10730189
    Abstract: [Object] To enable further suppression of the movement amount of an arm section when switching states. [Solution] There is provided a control apparatus configured to execute a current tracking control on a basis of a measurement value of a torque sensor of an actuator provided in at least one of multiple joint sections included in an arm section of a medical support arm apparatus, the current tracking control causing a motor of the actuator to output torque by which a position and an attitude of the arm section are maintained, and switch a first state in which the motor is driven in accordance with a predetermined control method, and a second state in which the joint section is locked using a brake of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yohei Kuroda, Tetsuharu Fukushima, Fumiyasu Suzuki, Toshimitsu Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 10730178
    Abstract: An operator supervising a wearer of an exoskeleton is verified by performing a verification routine on the operator using the exoskeleton. If the verification routine is unsuccessful, the exoskeleton is caused to follow a pre-established response routine. If the verification routine is successful, movement of the exoskeleton is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ekso Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Harding, Niel McCaffrey, Kurt Amundson, Reuben Sandler, Adam Zoss, Katherine Strausser
  • Patent number: 10725144
    Abstract: New measurement inputs for Kalman Filter or similar estimation approaches (at each sample) may include: DSRC messages from roadside transmitters (RSTs), such as: how long it takes for a DSRC signal from one or more fixed RSTs to reach the vehicle and comparison of that information with vehicle position estimates from a signal propagation model, which is based on how long it takes a DSRC signal to reach the vehicle GPS location from a fixed known RST location. From such measurements, it can be determined how much longer (or shorter) it takes to receive the RST message compared to the previous sample, which, in turn, gives an idea how far the vehicle has moved over a sample relative to a fixed RST location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ganesh Adireddy, Javier Alcazar, Dominik Froehlich, Ibro Muharemovic
  • Patent number: 10720905
    Abstract: New measurement inputs for Kalman Filter or similar estimation approaches (at each sample) may include: DSRC messages from roadside transmitters (RSTs), such as: how long it takes for a DSRC signal from one or more fixed RSTs to reach the vehicle and comparison of that information with vehicle position estimates from a signal propagation model, which is based on how long it takes a DSRC signal to reach the vehicle GPS location from a fixed known RST location. From such measurements, it can be determined how much longer (or shorter) it takes to receive the RST message compared to the previous sample, which, in turn, gives an idea how far the vehicle has moved over a sample relative to a fixed RST location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ganesh Adireddy, Javier Alcazar, Dominik Froehlich, Ibro Muharemovic
  • Patent number: 10719772
    Abstract: A vehicle fault detection system including a plurality of sensors coupled to a vehicle system and configured to detect respective time series of data, where each time series of data corresponds to a component parameter of a plurality of component parameters, a vehicle control module coupled to the plurality of sensors, the vehicle control module being configured to determine an existence of one or more relationships between the plurality of component parameters, and identify anomalies in the respective time series of data based on the one or more relationships between the plurality of component parameters, and a user interface coupled to the vehicle control module, the user interface being configured to present to an operator an indication of the anomalies in the respective time series of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John M. Boggio
  • Patent number: 10710611
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle control device provided in a vehicle and a method of controlling the vehicle. A vehicle control device according to one embodiment of the present invention includes a communication unit configured to perform communication with a shoe, a sensing unit configured to sense information related to the vehicle and a position of the shoe, and a processor configured to control the communication unit such that the shoe outputs an alarm based on a situation in which the vehicle is to be accelerated or decelerated and the position of the shoe when the situation is detected through the sensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minjae Park, Minah Han, Kuznetsov Vassily
  • Patent number: 10705537
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for discovery and monitoring of an environment using a plurality of robots. A plurality of robots navigate an environment by determining a navigation buffer for each of the robots; and allowing each of the robots to navigate within the environment while maintaining a substantially minimum distance from other robots, wherein the substantially minimum distance corresponds to the navigation buffer, and wherein a size of each of the navigation buffers is reduced over time based on a percentage of the environment that remains to be navigated. The robots can also navigate an environment by obtaining a discretization of the environment to a plurality of discrete regions; and determining a next unvisited discrete region for one of the plurality of robots to explore in the exemplary environment using a breadth-first search. The plurality of discrete regions can be, for example, a plurality of real or virtual tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Daedalus Blue LLC
    Inventors: Shang Q. Guo, Canturk Isci, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10695905
    Abstract: A robot control apparatus that controls operation of a robot that grips a target object includes an acquisition unit that obtains information about a position and orientation of the target object, a selection unit that selects one of a plurality of gripping modes based on a captured image of the target object, and a generation unit that generates, based on the obtained position and orientation and the selected gripping mode, gripping operation data that defines a gripping operation of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuri Sonoda
  • Patent number: 10691113
    Abstract: A robotic process control system that is operable to provide automation of at least one electromechanical device wherein the programming language of the present invention utilizes commands, rules and argument within a virtual environment to provide control of an electromechanical device. The present invention includes an object oriented methodology facilitated by the software thereof that defines three object types being an atom object type, a process object type and an event object type. The object types reside in a virtual environment hosted on a computing device that is operably coupled to the electromechanical device wherein the object types are representative of the electromechanical device or a portion thereof. The present invention utilizes a programming language that utilizes English language statements and further creates digitope data for all of the objects within the present invention. The methodology of the present invention examines spatial relations between all of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Bergman
  • Patent number: 10688666
    Abstract: Provided is an educational toy that enables even an infant of low age to easily play with interest. One or a plurality of command panels 121 are arranged to form a moving path 120, the command panels 121 including command information readable by a reading module. The movable robot 110 sequentially reads, using the reading module, the command information included in the command panel 121 over which the movable robot 110 passes, while moving on the moving path 120, and sequentially performs an action corresponding to the read command information. The actions performed by the movable robot 110 include at least any one of starting a movement, stopping the movement, rotating, changing a moving direction to a predetermined direction, flashing a light emitting portion of the movable object in a predetermined color, and replaying sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ICON CORP.
    Inventor: Toshiko Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10673196
    Abstract: A card PC is pressed and held with a fixation guide from right and left sides and from the top, so that the card PC is securely fixed at a normal position, with reduced influence of vibration. After the card PC is placed at a normal position, a connector of an external device is moved to a connector of the card PC, so as to securely connect the card PC to the external device. This accordingly prevents disengagement of the connectors or other similar problems that would otherwise occur due to imperfect connection between the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventor: Masanobu Washio
  • Patent number: 10654494
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning apparatus includes a refrigeration cycle that performs air-conditioning in a vehicle interior of a vehicle; a controller that includes a plurality of operation modes with different continuous operation times for a compressor, and that selects one operation mode from among the plurality of operation modes according to an air-conditioning load in the vehicle interior and executes the one operation mode, during travel operation of the vehicle; a storage unit; and a fault diagnosis unit. The fault diagnosis unit performs, during travel operation of the vehicle, fault diagnosis for the refrigeration cycle, after the high-load operation mode from among the plurality of operation modes, in which the continuous operation time is equal to or longer than a time that is set in advance is selected and executed by the controller at the timing stored in advance in the storage unit and while the refrigeration cycle is stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Tashiro, Mamoru Hamada, Yasutaka Ochiai
  • Patent number: 10654487
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus including a driving level switching portion switching to a first driving automation level involving a driver responsibility to monitor surroundings or a second driving automation level not involving the driver responsibility to monitor the surroundings, a distance measurement device measuring an inter-vehicle distance to a forward vehicle, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor performs controlling an equipment according to the inter-vehicle distance so as to follow the forward vehicle, controlling the equipment so that the self-driving vehicle starts when the inter-vehicle distance increases up to a predetermined value, and determining a first predetermined value as the predetermined value when the driving automation level is switched to the first driving automation level and a second predetermined value larger than the first predetermined value as the predetermined value when the driving automation level is switched to the second driving automation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kishi, Toshiyuki Mizuno, Akira Kito, Yoshiaki Konishi
  • Patent number: 10654333
    Abstract: A method for regulating an active chassis of a motor vehicle as a function of road elevation profile data which lie within a prognosis for a trajectory of the motor vehicle. The prognosis of the trajectory is calculated by a mathematical model at least on the basis of steering angle data of a steering angle sensor of the motor vehicle. The prognosis of the trajectory is assigned to the road elevation profile data detected by at least one environmental sensor. Based on the prognosis, at least one actuator of the active chassis is controlled, and the prognosis of the trajectory is then used exclusively to control the active chassis when the trajectory lies in an area that was classified as navigable based on the environmental data that was detected by at least one environment sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Andreas Schindler, Bodo Kleickmann
  • Patent number: 10636246
    Abstract: A method of managing bets is provided. The method includes receiving one or more bets. Each bet comprises a selection of a first number of events selected from a group of events, a selection of a respective participant for each of the first number of events selected and a bet amount. The method also includes combining each bet amount to form a betting pool and determining an amount of a total payout based at least in part on the betting pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANTOR INDEX LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Asher, Kenneth L. Miller
  • Patent number: 10627251
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and computer system are proposed which suggest a multi-destination travel itinerary to a user, who is typically a payment card holder. The itinerary is generated using information about earlier multi-destination journeys made by the user and other payment card holders, as identified based on payment transaction data relating to payment transactions made by the card holders. The other payment card holders may be ones having payment transaction characteristics similar to the user, and the suggested travel itinerary may be selected to have properties consistent with previous journeys the user has made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sharan Bakshiram, Amit Singh, Sheetanshu D. Gupta
  • Patent number: 10625164
    Abstract: A ranking method and system for providing a ranking of a game friend. The method includes registering a game friend who has joined a game service. The method further includes calculating a ranking of the user with respect to a game friend based on a ranking inquiry request received from the user terminal, and providing the user terminal with the calculated ranking of the user. The user terminal drives a game service platform associated with a plurality of games and provides some information needed for automatic friend registration and the ranking inquiry request information through the game service platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: K-INNOVATION
    Inventors: Seong Youn Joo, Kyung E Moon
  • Patent number: 10625748
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can determine sensor data captured by at least one sensor of a vehicle while navigating an environment over a period of time. Information describing one or more agents associated with the environment during the period of time can be determined based at least in part on the captured sensor data. A schema-based encoding describing the environment during the period of time can be generated based at least in part on the determined information and a scenario schema, wherein the schema-based encoding provides a structured representation of the environment during the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Lina Dong, Shaohui Sun, Weiyi Hou, Somesh Khandelwal, Ivan Kirigin, Shaojing Li, Ying Liu, David Tse-Zhou Lu, Robert Charles Kyle Pinkerton, Vinay Shet
  • Patent number: 10625118
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for tracking the location of an individual during a fitness activity are disclosed. A method of tracking a participant engaged in a fitness activity includes determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity based on data received at a portable fitness device used by the participant; determining a location of a spectator during the fitness activity based on data received at a mobile spectator device used by the spectator; from a server, sending an alert to a spectator at a spectator device during the fitness activity indicating that the participant is within a predetermined distance of the spectator; and sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity indicating that the spectator is within a predetermined distance of the participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Jon Harald Werner, Christian Dibenedetto, Stephen John Black, Amy Jones Vaterlaus
  • Patent number: 10606271
    Abstract: A cooperative system of vehicles is disclosed, each of a first vehicle and a second vehicle having a magnetometer, a filter, a database, a conductive loop, and an AC output generator. The magnetometer is attached to measure a surrounding magnetic field, and the filter to isolate a sensed signal. The AC output generator is connected to the conductive loop to generate a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian Tillotson, Alyson Bonk