Patents Examined by McDieunel Marc
  • Patent number: 11151884
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking vessel activities are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: David Belu Solomon, Will Eamon McDonald, Michael Burg, Melissa Sara Garren
  • Patent number: 11148291
    Abstract: An anti-collision detection method for sweeping robots, which includes following steps. Step 1: preparing a sweeping robot provided with a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) device comprising an accelerometer and a gyroscope; skipping to step 2 when the sweeping robot is in a linear motion state and collides with an object; skipping to step 3 when the sweeping robot is on an external bumpy road; and skipping to step 4 when the sweeping robot is in a rotating motion state and blocked by an obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN UMOUSE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao Xie
  • Patent number: 11148292
    Abstract: Controllers for inspection robots traversing an obstacle are described. In an embodiment a controller may include an obstacle sensory data circuit to interpret obstacle sensory data provided by an obstacle sensor of an inspection robot, an obstacle processing circuit to determine refined obstacle data, and an obstacle notification circuit to generate and provide obstacle notification data to a user interface device. The controller may further include a user interface circuit to interpret a user request value from the user interface device, and to determine an obstacle response command value in response to the user request value; and an obstacle configuration circuit to provide the obstacle response command value to the inspection robot during the interrogating of the inspection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Gecko Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Bryner, Kevin Y. Low, Joshua D. Moore, Dillon R. Jourde, Mark J. Loosararian, Edwin H. Cho, Katherine Virginia Denner
  • Patent number: 11148288
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods are described for robotic learning and execution of skills. A robotic apparatus can include a memory, a processor, sensors, and one or more movable components (e.g., a manipulating element and/or a transport element). The processor can be operatively coupled to the memory, the movable elements, and the sensors, and configured to obtain information of an environment, including one or more objects located within the environment. In some embodiments, the processor can be configured to learn skills through demonstration, exploration, user inputs, etc. In some embodiments, the processor can be configured to execute skills and/or arbitrate between different behaviors and/or actions. In some embodiments, the processor can be configured to learn an environmental constraint. In some embodiments, the processor can be configured to learn using a general model of a skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Diligent Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivian Yaw-Wen Chu, Shuai Li, Forrest Green, Peter Worsnop, Andrea Lockerd Thomaz
  • Patent number: 11148290
    Abstract: A mobile robot may include a traveling unit configured to move a main body; a communication unit configured to communicate with another mobile robot that emits a signal; and a controller configured to recognize the location of the another mobile robot based on the signal, and control the moving of the another mobile robot to follow along a moving path of the main body based on the recognized location. In addition, the controller may transmit a signal corresponding to a change of the moving direction to the main body in response to the change of the moving direction, and sense a change in the receiving direction of the signal according to the change of moving direction to transmit a control command for restricting the follow-up to the another mobile robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghoon Kwak, Jaehwan Ko, Hyukdo Kweon
  • Patent number: 11141860
    Abstract: An automatically moving cleaning device includes a device housing, at least one obstacle detection device and a control device for controlling the cleaning device within an environment according to a detection result of the obstacle detection device, wherein the obstacle detection device is at least partially moveably mounted on the device housing, such that a detection region of the obstacle detection device is shiftable relative to the device housing. In order to optimize the detection of obstacles within the environment of the cleaning device, the control device is configured to shift the detection region of the obstacle detection device relative to the device housing depending on a position and/or orientation of the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: VORWERK & CO. INTERHOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Raphael Liss
  • Patent number: 11142333
    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: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Gerard Richter, Andrew Giroux, Nicholas Moy
  • Patent number: 11135023
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a surgical instrument mountable to a robotic manipulator. The surgical instrument comprises an elongate arm. The elongate arm comprises an actively controlled bendable region including at least one joint region, a passively bendable region including a distal end coupled to the actively controlled bendable region, an actuation mechanism extending through the passively bendable region and coupled to the at least one joint region to control the actively controlled bendable region, and a channel extending through the elongate arm. The surgical instrument also comprises an optical fiber positioned in the channel. The optical fiber includes an optical fiber bend sensor in at least one of the passively bendable region or the actively controlled bendable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Q. Larkin, David C. Shafer
  • Patent number: 11137746
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods to coordinate a robot swarm include an analyzer to create a planning message based on data associated with a first bot and a second bot. The planning message is communicated to the swarm from a first source. In addition, a scheduler issues a first assignment of a first operation slot and a first role to the first bot based on the planning message, issues a second assignment of a second operation slot and a second role to the second bot based on the planning message, and creates a decision message including the first assignment and the second assignment. The decision message is communicated to the swarm from a second source different than the first source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Maximilian Von Tschirschnitz, Dibyendu Ghosh, Karthik Narayanan, Arjun Ram S P, Marcel Wagner, Vinayak Honkote
  • Patent number: 11138871
    Abstract: A traffic information system generates a traffic information frame for selected roads within a broadcast area by receiving traffic information from a traffic data source, obtaining road vector definitions for one or more roads identified in the traffic information, associating the road vector definitions with longitude and latitude to link the traffic information to particular roads, creating a Transport Protocol Experts Group (TPEG) traffic message, including the traffic information and the one or more roads associated with the traffic information, obtaining bounding area definitions of bounding areas associated with the particular traffic incident, combining cached TPEG messages into a composite TPEG frame using the bounding area definitions and broadcasting the TPEG frame to at least a primary bounding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee Littlejohn, Charles Kirkendall, Amit Deshpande
  • Patent number: 11130422
    Abstract: Provided is a device configured to determine a power capacity of a battery of a vehicle, predict a first set of values indicative of amounts of power to be stored during a time interval by the battery, the power being generated by a renewable energy generator carried by the vehicle, and predict a second set of values indicative of amounts of energy to be consumed from the battery during the time interval based on previous energy consumption by the vehicle. The device is also configured to determine a score based on the power capacity, the first set of values, and the second set of values. The system is also configured to determine whether the score satisfies a threshold and, in response to a determination that the score satisfies the threshold, activate an internal combustion engine to charge to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Rearden Power LLC
    Inventors: Scott Goldfarb, Jack Chaiken
  • Patent number: 11118909
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for providing location and guidance, and more particularly for providing location and guidance in environments where global position systems (GPS) are unavailable or unreliable (GPS denied and/or degraded environments). The present invention further relates to systems and methods for using inertial measurement units IMUs to provide location and guidance. More particularly, the present invention relates to the use of a series of low-accuracy or low-resolution IMUs, in combination, to provide high-accuracy or high-resolution location and guidance results. The present invention further relates to an electronics-control system for handing off control of the measurement and guidance of a body in flight between groups or subgroups of IMUs to alternate between high dynamic range/lower resolution and lower dynamic range/higher resolution measurement and guidance as the environment dictates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Orbital Research Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jankowski, Edward J. Rapp
  • Patent number: 11119484
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a main casing, a driving wheel, a camera, a distance calculation part, a self-position estimation part, a mapping part, and a controller. The driving wheel enables the main casing to travel. The camera is disposed on the main casing to capture an image in traveling direction side of the main casing. The distance calculation part calculates a distance to an object positioned in the traveling direction side based on the captured image. The self-position estimation part calculates a position of the main casing based on the captured image. The mapping part generates a map of a traveling place by using three-dimensional data based on calculation results by the distance calculation part and the self-position estimation part. The controller controls an operation of the driving wheel based on the three-dimensional data of the map generated by the mapping part, to make the main casing travel autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS & SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Izawa, Yuuki Marutani, Kota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11110601
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing a robotic process automation (RPA) workflow are provided. An indication to execute a job scheduled for performing an RPA workflow for a user associated with a user group is received. A robot is identified from a robot group associated with the job and having the same access rights as the user group. The robot is dispatched to a computing device to execute the job for performing the RPA workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: UIPATH, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Bannoura
  • Patent number: 11112267
    Abstract: A device, system and method for controlling speed of a vehicle are provided. The device includes a locational information module for determining location information and speed; a storage module for storing at least one geographic map including at least one route and a speed limit for the at least one route; a processing module configured to receive the location information, retrieve at least one geographic map based on the location information, determine a speed limit based on the location information and compare the speed of the device to the determined speed limit; and a display module for alerting a user if the speed of the device exceeds the determined speed limit. The system and method can be for communicating a subject vehicle's speed to a central server where it can be utilized to analyze traffic congestion patterns or notify selected companies or individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 11110608
    Abstract: A method controls a robot. One or more processors receive sensor readings from one or more sensors that are monitoring a human in real time, where the human is currently observing a robotic action by a robot, and where the robotic action is a physical movement performed by the robot. The processor(s) determine a cognitive state of the human while the human is observing the robotic action by the robot, and then adjust the robotic action being performed by the robot based on the cognitive state of the human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Aaron, Hariklia Deligianni, David O. S. Melville, Mark E. Podlaseck, Hyun Kyu Seo
  • Patent number: 11096753
    Abstract: A system for treating a target tissue of a patient comprises a first robotic arm coupled to a treatment probe for treating the target tissue of the patient, and a second robotic arm coupled to an imaging probe for imaging the target tissue of the patient. The system further comprises one or more computing devices operably coupled with the first robotic arm and the second robotic arm, the one or more computing devices configured to execute instructions for controlling movement of one or more of the first robotic arm or the second robotic arm. The distal end of the treatment probe and/or imaging probe is constrained to be moved only within an allowable range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: PROCEPT BioRobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Surag Mantri, Kevin Patrick Staid, Jason Hemphill, Kevin Louis Hudelson
  • Patent number: 11097414
    Abstract: A system includes a robotic device, a sensor disposed on the robotic device, and circuitry configured to perform operations. The operations include determining a map that represents stationary features of an environment and receiving, from the sensor, sensor data representing the environment. The operations also include determining, based on the sensor data, a representation of an actor within the environment, where the representation includes keypoints representing corresponding body locations of the actor. The operations also include determining that a portion of a particular stationary feature is positioned within a threshold distance of a particular keypoint and, based on thereon, updating the map to indicate that the portion is to be cleaned. The operations further include, based on the map as updated, causing the robotic device to clean the portion of the particular stationary feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Eden Rephaeli, Guy Satat, Daniel Lam, Benjamin Holson, Jiajun Xu
  • Patent number: 11100434
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods, devices and systems that are designed for transmitting a request for one or more identities of a transportation vehicle unit for transporting a first end user; receiving the one or more identities of the transportation vehicle unit for transporting the first end user, the transportation vehicle unit currently en route to or is currently transporting a second end user and having been identified based, at least in part, on a determination that the transportation vehicle unit is able to accommodate transport of the first end user while transporting the second end user; and directing the identified transportation vehicle unit to rendezvous with the first end user in order to transport the first end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 11090802
    Abstract: A modular multiple mobility base assembly apparatus is described for transporting an item being shipped having a base adapter plate and two cooperating and coordinating modular mobility bases that are each coupled to the bottom of the base adapter plate and collectively support the base adapter plate. One of the modular mobility bases operations a master autonomous mobile vehicle, while the other operates as a slave autonomous mobile vehicle that receives propulsion and steering control signals from the master while providing feedback sensor data to the master for use in coordinated and cooperative movement of the assembly apparatus. Each of the modular mobility bases also including respective wireless transceivers through which at least the control signals and sensor data are provided between mobility base units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud, Frank Mayfield, Daniel Gates