Patents Examined by McDieunel Marc
  • Patent number: 12006654
    Abstract: A work machine capable of saving works by an operator during traveling is provided. The work machine includes a vehicular main body including a traveling unit, a work implement attached to the vehicular main body, and a controller that automatically controls operations by the work implement. The controller cancels automatic control of operations by the work implement based on a traveling state of the traveling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Mura, Haruki Nishiguchi, Hayato Hisa, Hiromu Dambayashi, Akihiko Teramura, Kazuki Takehara, Katsuhiro Ikegami
  • Patent number: 12005568
    Abstract: A control device for controlling a robot that performs a task has an independent mode that causes the robot to work separately and a collaborative mode that causes the robot to work in collaboration with a worker. The control device causes the robot to operate in the independent mode or the collaborative mode. The control device is configured to determine whether a first predetermined condition is satisfied, based on a position of the worker, and to switch from the independent mode to the collaborative mode when the first predetermined condition is satisfied during the independent mode. The control device is configured to determine whether a second predetermined condition is satisfied, based on the position of the worker, and to switch from the collaborative mode to the independent mode when the second predetermined condition is satisfied during the collaborative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: JOHNAN Corporation
    Inventors: Kozo Moriyama, Shin Kameyama, Truong Gia Vu, Lucas Brooks
  • Patent number: 12005576
    Abstract: A teaching system configured to teach operation to a plurality of robots includes a first controlling device which determines whether a first robot and a second robot are in an enabled state where the first and second robots are permitted to operate, and when the first controlling device determines as in the enabled state, the first controlling device transmits an enable signal indicative of permitting the second robot to operate and enables the first robot to be taught the operation when a teaching terminal specifies the first robot. When a second controlling device receives the enable signal from the first controlling device and the teaching terminal specifies the second robot, the second controlling device enables the second robot to be taught the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoki Kato, Tsuyoshi Tagashira, Atsushi Kameyama, Masao Aramoto
  • Patent number: 12004828
    Abstract: A multi-joint type surgical device, and more particularly, to a multi-joint type surgical device capable of being mounted on a robot arm or operated manually for use in laparoscopic surgery or various surgeries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: LIVSMED INC.
    Inventors: Youngjae Song, Jung Joo Lee, Heejin Kim, Dongkyu Jang
  • Patent number: 12000753
    Abstract: Techniques are described for testing whether an end effector, or component thereof, is correctly or incorrectly installed to a manipulation system. A manipulation system can include a manipulator arm configured to receive an end effector having a first moveable jaw, a transducer configured to provide first effort information of the end effector as the end effector moves, and a processor configured to provide a command signal to effect a first test move of the first moveable jaw, and to provide an installation status of the of the end effector using the first effort information of the first test move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola Diolaiti, Benjamin S. Flamm
  • Patent number: 12001975
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems that are designed for receiving one or more first directives that direct a transportation vehicle unit to transport a first end user; receiving, while the transportation vehicle unit is en route to or is transporting the first end user, one or more second directives that direct the transportation vehicle unit to transport a second end user while transporting the first end user, the transportation vehicle unit having been determined to be able to accommodate transport of the second end user while transporting the first end user; and verifying that compliance with the one or more second directives will not conflict with one or more obligations to transport the first end user by the transportation vehicle unit. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 11992941
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described for high accuracy molded navigation arrays. In a first embodiment, a navigation array is formed by molding, as a single component, an array having a plurality of marker regions. The marker regions include a reflective layer disposed thereon. In other embodiments, a navigation array is formed by molding over a frame having a plurality of marker elements. In still other embodiments, a navigation array is formed by molding over individual marker elements. In certain embodiments, a navigation array is formed by molding a frame with a plurality of voids and subsequently molding marker elements into each void where the marker elements include a reflective layer disposed thereon. In some embodiments, a navigation array is formed by molding a plurality of marker elements on a frame and disposing a reflective layer on the marker elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: DePuy Ireland Unlimited Company
    Inventor: Hervé Collet
  • Patent number: 11992955
    Abstract: A spearing end effector for a robotic spearing device capturing and sorting a selected item from a mass of items and having a robotic manipulator with the spearing end effector mounted at an end thereof. The robotic spearing device comprises: a spearing end effector body; a spike; a linear actuator having the spike mounted thereon; and a propeller. The spike is configurable between a retracted configuration where it is entirely located inside the spearing end effector body and an extended configuration where it extends outwardly from therefrom. The spike is engageable to the selected item when configured in the extended configuration. The linear actuator is movable to configure the spike between the retracted configuration and the extended configuration. The propeller is selectively activatable to propel the selected item in a propelling direction during an ejection of the selected item from the spearing end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Waste Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Camirand, Michel Laforest, Pier Grenon, Nicolas Belanger, Jean-Pierre Thibodeau, Frederic Martin
  • Patent number: 11986963
    Abstract: Systems and methods for human-robot communication are proved. More particularly, some embodiments use augmented reality to facilitate communication of robot intention and teleoperation in human-robot cooperative environments. Various embodiments of the present technology provide a middleware that integrates augmented reality (AR) with novel teleoperation interfaces to increase operation effectiveness, support the user in conducting concurrent work, and decrease stress. Various embodiments provide predictive graphical interfaces such that a teleoperator controls a virtual robot surrogate, rather than directly operating the robot itself, providing the user with foresight regarding where the physical robot will end up and how it will get there. In accordance with various embodiments a user may select between two AR interfaces using such a surrogate: one focused on real-time control and one inspired by waypoint delegation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado
    Inventors: Daniel Szafir, Michael E. Walker, Hooman Hedayati
  • Patent number: 11986967
    Abstract: The inventive concept provides a substrate treating apparatus. The substrate treating apparatus includes a plurality of treating chambers performing a respective treatment on a substrate therein; a transfer chamber having a robot transferring the substrate between the plurality of treating chambers; a detection unit mounted on the robot and configured to detect a substrate state; and a controller for controlling the detection unit, wherein the detection unit comprises: an imaging member for imaging the substrate; and a driving member for moving the imaging member, and wherein the controller controls the detection unit to image and store an image of the substrate at an optimal position and determines whether an image of the substrate is a normal state based on the image obtained in the optimal position, the optimal position determined based on a process variable of the treating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Kyung Kong, Jin Sung Sun
  • Patent number: 11981218
    Abstract: There is provided a method and apparatus for requesting a battery to be unlocked from an e-vehicle using an application for authorizing a user to unlock the battery. A request is received at a cloud-based server, to unlock the battery from the micro mobility vehicle. Authorisation data is provided, by the cloud-based server, if the user making the request is permitted to unlock the battery at the e-vehicle. Further, methods and apparatus for controlling a self-serviced battery swap station by a cloud-based server are described. In one example battery data may be obtained from a cloud-connected battery swap station and used to generate battery charging control data. In one example, the battery charging control data is sent to the battery swap station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: PUSHME BIKES LIMITED
    Inventors: Georgios Kalligeros, Christos Grivas
  • Patent number: 11975446
    Abstract: A robotic gripping device is provided. The robotic gripping device includes a palm and a plurality of digits coupled to the palm. The robotic gripping device also includes a time-of-flight sensor arranged on the palm such that the time-of-flight sensor is configured to generate time-of-flight distance data in a direction between the plurality of digits. The robotic gripping device additionally includes an infrared camera, including an infrared illumination source, where the infrared camera is arranged on the palm such that the infrared camera is configured to generate grayscale image data in the direction between the plurality of digits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bingham, Taylor Alexander, Bianca Homberg, Joseph DelPreto, Alex Shafer
  • Patent number: 11975607
    Abstract: During an at least partially autonomous driving operation of a motor vehicle, an arrangement and mode of action of environmental sensors of the motor vehicle, the sensor data of which are used in the at least partially autonomous driving operation, is visualized by use of a display device arranged in the motor vehicle. The motor vehicle includes a data interface for wirelessly transmitting data to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Marcus Kühne
  • Patent number: 11976925
    Abstract: Inertial measurement units (IMUs) and methods with adaptations to eliminate or minimize sensor error, offset, or bias shift are presented. More particularly, the IMUs and methods for gun-fired projectiles herein are particularly adapted to accurately measure forces and to prevent or minimize the error, offset, or bias shift associated with events exhibiting high g shock, and/or high levels of vibration, and/or rotation. Even more particularly, the IMUs and methods herein utilize novel IMU packaging adapted to prevent or minimize sensor error, offset, or bias shift, and recalibration adaptations and methods adapted to correct or reset the error, offset, or bias shift from such an event. The IMUs are adapted to provide accurate measurements prior to, during and after such event, and to provide continuous accurate measurements during flight of gun-fired projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Orbital Research Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Opperman, Frederick J. Lisy, Edward J. Rapp, Angela M. Lisy, Scott Suren, Douglas E. Russell
  • Patent number: 11975685
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media for a remote vehicle immobilizer. A network gateway device receives a command from a remote computing device to modify a configuration of an electronic switch from a first configuration to a second configuration. The electronic switch is positioned in a conducting path between a starter motor of the vehicle and a battery of the vehicle. In response to receiving the command, the network gateway device transmits a signal to the electronic switch via a two-way communication channel connecting the network gateway device to the electronic switch. The signal causes the electronic switch to modify the configuration of the electronic switch from the first configuration to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Luis Innocenzi, Elias Ray Dykaar, Maxwell Anton Dergosits, Ingo Gerhard Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11967157
    Abstract: A robot may include a LiDAR sensor, and a processor configured to acquire, based on a sensing value of the LiDAR sensor, a first map that covers a space where the robot is located, detect one or more obstacles existing in the space based on the sensing value of the LiDAR sensor, acquire a number of times that each of a plurality of areas in the first map is occupied by the one or more obstacles, based on location information of the one or more obstacles, determine an obstacle area based on the number of times that each of the plurality of areas is occupied by the one or more obstacles, and acquire a second map indicating the obstacle area on the first map to determine a driving route of the robot based on the second map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soonbeom Kwon, Youngil Koh, Aron Baik
  • Patent number: 11957304
    Abstract: A patient-side support system includes a base, a platform movably coupled to the base, manipulator assemblies coupled to the platform, instruments, each of the instruments being coupled to a different one of the manipulator assemblies, each of the instruments including a body and a shaft extending from the body, and a guide tube common to the instruments. A first part of the shaft of each individual one of the instruments extends distally from the guide tube to the body. a second part of the shaft of each individual one of the instruments extends through at least a portion of the guide tube. The first part of the shaft of a first instrument of the instruments is articulatable between the body of the first instrument and the guide tube. The guide tube and the instruments are collectively rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Q. Larkin, Thomas G. Cooper, Catherine J. Mohr, David J. Rosa
  • Patent number: 11958590
    Abstract: A system and a method for a battery power management system for an electric aircraft is disclosed. The system includes at least a flight component of an electric aircraft, at least a battery, wherein the at least a battery is configured power the at least a flight component of the electric aircraft, at least a sensor communicatively connected to the at least a battery and a controller communicatively connected to the at least a sensor. The controller is configured to receive sensor data from the at least a sensor, identify a battery status as a function of the sensor data and a battery threshold, and control the power from the at least a battery to the at least a flight component of the electric aircraft as a function of the battery status, further comprising reducing a torque to the at least a flight component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Beta Air, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Denson Schreiber, Nicholas Moy, Collin Freiheit
  • Patent number: 11952062
    Abstract: The tree climbing robot includes a central body and a pair of track carriers respectively pivotally attached to opposed sides of the central body. A set of wheels is rotatably attached to each of the track carriers, and a continuous track is mounted on, and is driven to rotate by, each set of wheels. At least one motor is mounted on each of the track carriers, such that each motor drives a corresponding one of the sets of wheels and a corresponding one of the continuous tracks to rotate. At least one cable is secured to the central body and is adapted for wrapping around a trunk of a tree. Each of the track carriers is elastically biased with respect to the central body such that the trunk of the tree is clamped between the pair of tracks, with the cable adding securement, stability, and aiding vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: KING FAISAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Hussain Altammar
  • Patent number: 11952105
    Abstract: A system for flight control in electric aircraft includes a flight controller configured to provide an initial vehicle torque signal including a plurality of attitude commands. The system includes a mixer configured to receive the initial vehicle torque signal and a vehicle torque limit, receive prioritization data including a prioritization datum corresponding to each of the plurality of attitude command, determine a plurality of modified attitude commands as a function of the vehicle torque limit, the attitude commands, and the prioritization data, generate, as a function of modified attitude commands, an output torque command including the initial vehicle torque signal adjusted as a function of the vehicle torque limit, generate, as a function of the output torque command, a remaining vehicle torque. The system includes a display, wherein the display is configured to present, to a user, the remaining vehicle torque and the output torque command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: BETA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Giroux, Timothy Gerard Richter, Nicholas Moy