Patents Examined by McDieunel Marc
  • Patent number: 11507104
    Abstract: A robotic cleaner may include a body, an optical receiver, the optical receiver being configured to detect an optical signal generated by an external device, and an optical pattern generator configured to emit light according to an optical pattern that extends at least partially around the body, wherein, when the optical pattern intersects an obstacle, at least a portion of the light incident on the obstacle is reflected towards the optical receiver, the optical receiver being configured to detect the reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventor: Isaku D. Kamada
  • Patent number: 11507059
    Abstract: A system and a method for accessing at least one automation from an automation store are provided. The method comprises receiving a user input indicative of selection of at least one automation for accessing from a plurality of automations displayed in the automation store, and automatically uploading, in response to receiving the user input, the selected automation to a personal workspace of the user from the automation store. The automations are accessed via one or more Application Programming Interface (API) calls directed to an automation cloud server. Further, the method comprises generating a notification indicative of upload of the selected automation for accessing the automation. The uploaded automation is displayed in a software robot assistant associated with the user. Furthermore, the method comprises displaying the generated notification in an application interface associated with the automation store and displaying the selected automation in the personal workspace in the application interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Sorin Stefan Visan, Marian Gelu Olteanu, Iulia Istrate
  • Patent number: 11505217
    Abstract: An example robotic device includes: a circumferential carriage configured to drive the robotic device along a rail configured to be mounted to a curved surface, the circumferential carriage comprising: (i) a frame base, (ii) a frame mounted to the frame base, (iii) one or more wheels coupled to the frame base and configured to engage with the rail, (iv) a worm gear arrangement, and (v) a main drive gear coupled to the worm gear arrangement and configured to engage with a rack disposed on the rail; and a transversal carriage comprising: (i) a cross slide slidably mounted to the frame, (ii) a transversal rack coupled to the cross slide, (iii) a cross slide motor mounted to the circumferential carriage, and (iv) a cross slide drive gear coupled to the cross slide motor and having gear teeth engaging with respective teeth of the transversal rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael K. Klein
  • Patent number: 11500353
    Abstract: In a robot system, a data amount of operation information (log) to be transferred or recorded is reduced, thereby enabling the operation information (log) to be transferred or recorded with a low load. The system has a control unit for controlling the operation of a robot of a robot device and transfers a log regarding the robot operation to a managing terminal. While making the robot operative, the control unit generates log data regarding the robot operation and stores into a short-term storage log recording unit (temporary storage device) (log data generating step). When log transfer timing comes, a part of the log data stored in the recording unit (temporary storage device) is extracted and transferred as a log to a log storage device in accordance with the robot operation (log transferring step).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Takayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11491664
    Abstract: A robotic platform manipulating peripheral nerve system includes a manipulator and a recorder. The manipulator includes a rotating guide, a plurality of rotating movers and a plurality of manipulating units. The rotating guide has an opening portion through which the recorder records, and has a guide rail at a side. The rotating movers are combined with the rotating guide and move along the guide rail. The manipulating units are respectively fixed to the rotating movers, and a manipulating part performs the operation being connected to an end of each of the manipulating units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignees: Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Keehoon Kim, Yong Seok Ihn, Donghyun Hwang, Sehyuk Yim, Sang Rok Oh, Jinwoo Jeong
  • Patent number: 11486367
    Abstract: A spreader tool is provided for spreading viscous material on the surface (5?), for example an edge (5?), of a wind turbine blade (5). The spreader tool (52) comprises at least one bendable spreader wing (54A, 54B), for example provided as a fin-ray construction, for pressing a flexible band (53) against a curved section of the blade (5) and for dragging viscous material along it by the flexible band during movement of the spreader tool (52) along the blade (5) surface (5?). The spreader tool is advantageously part of a robot system used to work the surface (5?) of the blade (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Rope Robotics ApS
    Inventors: Hans Laurberg, Martin Huus Bjerge, André Mikkelsen, Troels Askholm Andersen, Matthias Stefansson
  • Patent number: 11485018
    Abstract: A non-destructive inspection system is presented. The non-destructive inspection system comprises a robotic end effector having an extendable actuator and a flange-mounted roller containing an ultrasonic sensor, the flange-mounted roller connected to the extendable actuator by a pivot connection, the extendable actuator configured to extend the flange-mounted roller until the flange-mounted roller contacts an inspection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Daniel James Wright, Scott Wesley Lea, William Joseph Tapia, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 11478920
    Abstract: Exosuits that use core grip members are described herein. Core grip members apply forces in a radially inward manner from the exterior of the body to the interior of the body to provide support to the user and to serve as a platform for mounting power layer segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Seismic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine Goss Witherspoon, Nicole Ida Kernbaum, Hayley Stolee-Smith, Richard Mahoney
  • Patent number: 11465275
    Abstract: A mobile robot moving to a target position indicated by a user terminal, the mobile robot includes a driver configured to move the mobile robot; a communication interface configured to exchange a wireless signal with each of a first terminal transceiver and a second terminal transceiver included in the user terminal; and a controller configured to control the driver to move to the target position after transmission and reception of the wireless signal with the first terminal transceiver and transmission and reception of the wireless signal with the second terminal transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Young Jung, Young Do Kwon, Min Woo Ryu, Dong-Hyun Lee, Dong Hun Lee, Min Jae Kim, Shin Kim, Woo Ram Jung
  • Patent number: 11468561
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a personal grooming/household appliance, including: providing a personal grooming/household appliance including at least one physical sensor taken from a group consisting of: an orientation sensor, an acceleration sensor, an inertial sensor, a global positioning sensor, a pressure sensor, and a load sensor, audio sensor, humidity sensor, and a temperature sensor; providing a camera associated with the personal grooming/household appliance; classifying data received from the physical sensor and from the camera using at least one trained machine learning classifier to generate an augmented classification; and providing user feedback information based upon the augmented classification or modifying operation of the grooming/household appliance based upon the augmented classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Livingston Joyce, Faiz Feisal Sherman, Xiaole Mao, Reiner Engelmohr, Christian Peter Mandl, Moritz Poetzsch, Nasir Saeed Khan
  • Patent number: 11470541
    Abstract: A vehicle heads-up display (HUD) includes a smart phone or tablet computer with at least one processor running at least one computer program adapted to enable the HUD to: (i) establish a connection to an on board unit (OBU) of the vehicle using the mechanisms provided by ICMPv6 for IPv6 router discovery, and acquire an IPv6 address through the mechanism of Stateless address auto configuration (SLAAC); (ii) process an authentication challenge from a Roadway Authorization Server (RAS); and (iii) respond to an authentication challenge from said Roadway Authorization Server (RAS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Martin D. Nathanson
  • Patent number: 11458615
    Abstract: Autonomous mobile robots may communicate with each other to avoid hazards, mitigate collisions, and facilitate the operation that they are intended for. To enhance such cooperation, it would be highly advantageous if each robot were able to determine which robot, among a plurality of other proximate robots, corresponds to each communication message. The specific identity of each robot is generally unknown to the other robots if a plurality of robots are in range. Systems and methods provided herein can enable robots and other equipped devices to determine the spatial location of each other robot in proximity, by detecting a pulsed localization signal emitted by each of the other robots. In addition, each robot can transmit a self-identifying code, synchronous with the emitted localization signal, so that other robots can associate the proper code with each robot. After such localization and identification, the robots can then cooperate more effectively in mitigating potential collisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ULTRALOGIC 6G, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Newman, R. Kemp Massengill
  • Patent number: 11454501
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that determines, based on a geometrical criterion and at least one map object of plurality of map objects, whether a map element of a first map element type or a second map element type shall be created; wherein elements of the first map element type are intended to be usable for applying a constraint to a user position and wherein elements of the second map element type are intended to be less usable for applying a constraint to a user position compared to the elements of the first map element type; and creates a map element according to the determined map element type, the created map element being associated with the at least one map object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Muhammad Irshan Khan, Jari Syrjärinne, Lauri Wirola, Pavel Ivanov
  • Patent number: 11455792
    Abstract: A robot for detecting a dangerous situation using artificial intelligence includes a memory configured to store a voice recognition model for inferring whether a current situation is the dangerous situation from voice data and an image recognition model for inferring whether the current situation is the dangerous situation from image data, and a processor configured to acquire one or more of the voice data or the image data and output a notification indicating the dangerous situation when the dangerous situation is detected from the voice data using the voice recognition model or when the dangerous situation is detected from the image data using the image recognition model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Jichan Maeng, Beomoh Kim, Taehyun Kim, Wonho Shin, Jonghoon Chae
  • Patent number: 11453128
    Abstract: A control device for a robot includes a processor configured to implement: a function of obtaining a signal indicating a detected value of a sensor detecting a state quantity of the robot; and a function of, in converting the detected value to an estimated value of the state quantity according to a conversion function obtained by calibration of the sensor, applying an offset value compensating for a difference between the estimated value and the actual state quantity in a critical situation in operation of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamagishi, Norio Nagatsuka, Naoki Numaguchi
  • Patent number: 11446831
    Abstract: A vault inspection system is configured to obtain visual inspection data of an underground utility vault without disturbing the components within the vault. A support apparatus supports a pole that is used to advance an inspection structure into the vault. A mount frame may be configured to position the support apparatus over an access opening so that the pole will not contact components within the vault. The inspection structure may be a robot that is lowered to the floor of the vault. The inspection structure may be an expandable vision system that may be compacted for advancement through the access opening, and expanded within the vault to provide greater perspective for obtaining inspection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Andrew Magdaleno
  • Patent number: 11446826
    Abstract: An autonomous traverse tire changing bot includes a carriage having a carriage frame with a carriage drive section effecting autonomous traverse of the carriage, along a traverse path, relative to a traverse surface or a floor on which the bot rests, and a bot frame including at least one actuator mounted to the carriage and a bot drive section with a motor defining an actuator degree of freedom, wherein the at least one actuator has an end effector having a tire engagement tool disposed so that articulation of the at least one actuator with the actuator degree of freedom effects engagement contact of the tire engagement tool and a tire mounted on a vehicle, and a controller effects traverse of the bot along the traverse path effecting dynamic positioning of the at least one actuator relative to a variable position of the vehicle with the tire mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: AUTOMATED TIRE, INC.
    Inventors: Andy Chalofsky, Josh Chalofsky, Stephen Toebes, Kenny Pratt, Seth Allen
  • Patent number: 11445746
    Abstract: A robotic arm includes a base, a first robotic arm, a second robotic arm, a robotic hand and a cigarette holder connected in sequence. The cigarette holder includes a cigarette insertion hole and a cigarette smoking tube. The cigarette smoking tube is connected to a smoking simulator. The robotic arm further includes at least one air exhausting hole. The air exhausting hole is located around the cigarette holder and communicated with an air exhauster through an air exhausting pipe. The robotic arm swings to control the cigarette holder to carry a cigarette from a smoking position to an ash flicking position. Airflow is formed near the air exhausting hole by means of air exhaustion, so as to simulate influences of a wind speed in an outdoor environment on the columnar ash in the cigarette smoking process of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Han Zheng, Ying Zhang, Hao Wang, Jianbo Zhan, Zhenhua Yu, Jiao Xie, Xu Wang, Geng Li, Tao Wang, Tingting Yu, Liwei Li, Haiyan Ding, Baoshan Yue, Jiang Yu, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11447224
    Abstract: The position of a watercraft is detected by monitoring GPS position data, and the speed of the watercraft is reduced to a selected limit upon detecting that the watercraft has traveled outside of a selected boundary and is maintained until it is detected that the watercraft has been back within the boundary for a selected time interval, thereby avoiding up and down jerking motion of the watercraft which can occur when only a single location test is used to confirm that the watercraft is back in bounds. An RF transceiver and related control apparatus is employed for detecting other watercraft approaching too closely to the watercraft, and a display is provided for displaying various status and warning indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Wesley Zhou
  • Patent number: 11446188
    Abstract: A dispenser of feminine pads and tampons activated by a touch sensor or a proximity sensor. The touch of or the proximity of a person's hand closes an electronic circuit causing a motor to rotate. The motor is attached to a shaft which rotates. The shaft retains a feminine product dispenser. The feminine product dispenser transports a feminine napkin or tampon to a retrieval tray. The improved design enables the sanitary napkin rail and tampon rail to be adjacent to each other, thereby reducing the width requirements for the cabinet housing the rails. The activation by a touch screen or a proximity sensor significantly improves the selection and dispensing of the desired feminine napkin product and tampon product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Tranzonic Companies
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, Robert A. Acosta