Patents Examined by McDieunel Marc
  • Patent number: 10786901
    Abstract: A method for programming a robot in a vision base coordinate is provided. The method includes the following steps. A robot is drawn to an operation point. The coordinates of the operation point in a photo operation are set as a new point. A teaching image is captured and a vision base coordinate system is established. A new point is added according to the newly established vision base coordinate system. When the robot is operating, the robot is controlled to capture an image from a photo operation point. A comparison between the captured image and a teaching image is made. The image being the same as the teaching image is searched according to the comparison result. Whether the vision base coordinate system maintains the same corresponding relation as in the teaching process is checked. Thus, the robot can be precisely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA STORAGE INC.
    Inventors: Pei-Jui Wang, Chung-Hsien Huang, Shao-Ji Shia, Shih-Kuo Chen, Shih-Jung Huang
  • Patent number: 10786908
    Abstract: An adapter which allows an object to be pulled into a chamber after being gripped by a gripper module with a drive, said chamber being formed by an outer shell is provided. The outer shell is designed to at least partly cover the object and is sufficiently large so as to shield the object. The adapter can be understood as a gripper base system to which the gripper module is adapted. The drive pulls the entire gripper module including the object into the gripper base system. The adapter provides a safety gripper system with an object housing for a safe human/robot interaction. The outer shell protects persons from sharp-edged objects which are gripped by the gripper module and which could otherwise lead to an injury of the persons located in the working area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Detlef Gerhard
  • Patent number: 10782699
    Abstract: A real-time perception adjustment and correction and driving adaption method for autonomous driving is provided. The system will analyze the driving behaviors of surrounding vehicles surrounding an ADV, which is utilized to improve its original perception based on the analysis and to adapt to the updated driving environment. In one embodiment, in addition to the perception information provided by the sensors, the system analyzes the behaviors of the surrounding vehicles based on the perception information. Based on the behaviors of the surrounding vehicles, the system may detect there is may be an obstacle that has not been detected based on the perception information. Alternatively, the system may detect that an obstacle determined based on the perception information actually may not exist based on the behaviors of the surrounding vehicles. The paths created for the ADV may then adjusted accordingly to improve the autonomous driving of the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Jiaming Tao, Dong Li, Yifei Jiang, Liangliang Zhang, Jiangtao Hu
  • Patent number: 10780578
    Abstract: A method of operating a robot includes driving a robot to approach a reach point, extending a manipulator arm forward of the reach point, and maintaining a drive wheel and a center of mass of the robot rearward of the reach point by moving a counter-balance body relative to an inverted pendulum body while extending the manipulator arm forward of the reach point. The robot includes the inverted pendulum body, the counter-balance body deposed on the inverted pendulum body, the manipulator arm connected to the inverted pendulum body, at least one leg having a first end prismatically coupled to the inverted pendulum body, and the drive wheel rotatably coupled to a second end of the at least one leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Blankespoor, John Aaron Saunders, Steven D. Potter, Vadim Chernyak, Shervin Talebinejad
  • Patent number: 10782137
    Abstract: A VSLAM method includes receiving an image obtained by a visual sensor. The method also includes retrieving a key frame from a pre-established key frame database, and after the key frame is retrieved, matching the image with the retrieved key frame. The method also includes computing relevant information of a visual relative pose based on the image and the key frame. The visual relative pose is computed based on two-dimensional coordinates of matching feature points between the image and the key frame that have been successfully matched. The method further includes updating an absolute pose and a map of a mobile device based on the relevant information of the visual relative pose and relevant information of a dead reckoning based relative pose, if the relevant information of the visual relative pose is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: QFEELTECH (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuailing Li, Ming Chi, Yiming Zhang, Zhen Chen
  • Patent number: 10773702
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are provided for determining brake wear of a vehicle. A brake wear estimation includes determining, for each of one or more time periods during which a vehicle brake is actuated, a speed of the vehicle at a start time of the respective time period and a speed change parameter indicative of a change of speed of the vehicle during the respective time period. The estimation additionally includes determining, for each of the one or more time periods, a respective brake wear parameter indicative of brake wear of one or more vehicle brakes during the respective time period based on the speed of the vehicle at the start time of the respective time period, the speed change parameter indicative of the change of speed of the vehicle during the respective time period, and the mass or weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Anthony Ohazulike
  • Patent number: 10775774
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods to coordinate a robot swarm are disclosed. An example system includes an analyzer to create a planning message based on data associated with a first bot and a second bot, the planning message to be communicated to the swarm from a first source. In addition, the example system includes a scheduler to issue a first assignment of a first operation slot and a first role to the first bot based on the planning message, issue a second assignment of a second operation slot and a second role to the second bot based on the planning message, and create a decision message including the first assignment and the second assignment. The decision message is to be communicated to the swarm from a second source different than the first source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Maximilian Von Tschirschnitz, Dibyendu Ghosh, Karthik Narayanan, Arjun Ram S P, Marcel Wagner, Vinayak Honkote
  • Patent number: 10768190
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamic automation are provided. An automation module, for example, receives at least one map template that is selectable by a user. Based on the map template, the automation module dynamically generates a robot deck layout map and/or procedure and also generates a series of robotic commands for a robot. The robotic commands are then passed to the robot to carry out the automation. Accordingly, the automation is entirely dynamic, without the need for a user to pre-program or pre-assemble all of the robotic commands prior to the automation. The automation module is thus able to build, in real-time and/or on the fly, the robotic commands based only on the at least one map template that was selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: LONZA LIMITED
    Inventors: Dale Webster, Evan Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10754318
    Abstract: Techniques described herein relate to using reduced-dimensionality embeddings generated from robot sensor data to identify predetermined semantic labels that guide robot interaction with objects. In various implementations, sensor data obtained from one or more sensors of a robot includes data indicative of an object observed in an environment in which the robot operates. The sensor data is processed utilizing a first trained machine learning model to generate a first embedded feature vector that maps the data indicative of the object to an embedding space. Nearest neighbor(s) of the first embedded feature vector is identified in the embedding space. Semantic label(s) are identified based on the nearest neighbor(s). A given grasp option is selected from enumerated grasp options previously associated with the semantic label(s). The robot is operated to interact with the object based on the pose and using the given grasp option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Umashankar Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 10754343
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for receiving a reference to an object located in an environment of a robot, accessing mapping data that indicates, for each of a plurality of object instances, respective probabilities of the object instance being located at one or more locations in the environment, wherein the respective probabilities are based at least on an amount of time that has passed since a prior observation of the object instance was made, identifying one or more particular object instances that correspond to the referenced object, determining, based at least on the mapping data, the respective probabilities of the one or more particular object instances being located at the one or more locations in the environment, selecting, based at least on the respective probabilities, a particular location in the environment where the referenced object is most likely located, and directing the robot to navigate to the particular location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Jonas Witt, Elmar Mair
  • Patent number: 10747997
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for an intelligent protective drone are described. The intelligent protective drone comprises an environmental protective shield that provides protection from environmental elements. An image of an environment near the aeronautical drone is captured and processed to identify a target entity. A geographical location of an effective protective area provided by the environmental protective shield is identified and a location for the aeronautical drone is determined that places the target entity within the effective protective area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: James P Janniello
  • Patent number: 10744641
    Abstract: A guidance robot comprises a driving unit that includes wheels and a motor for moving; a body that is provided on the driving unit and includes sensors for autonomous driving; a display unit that is coupled to the body; a stationary unit that is coupled to the top of the body; a circular rotary unit that has an opening and is provided over the stationary unit to rotate about the central axis of the stationary unit; and a stopper that extends upward from the stationary unit through the opening of the circular rotary unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunho Yang, Haemin Choi
  • Patent number: 10748354
    Abstract: The present application provides a communication method for vehicle remote diagnosis, which is applied to a WEB server; the method comprises: establishing a first socket connection with the WEB front end when receiving a landing request of the WEB front end; receiving a vehicle remote diagnosis request of the WEB front end through the first socket connection and obtaining an identification of a target vehicle diagnosis equipment carried in the vehicle remote diagnosis request; establishing a second socket connection with the target vehicle diagnosis equipment according to the identification of the target vehicle diagnosis equipment; performing interaction of the vehicle diagnosis data between the WEB front end and the target vehicle diagnosis equipment through the first socket connection and the second socket connection. The application also provides a communication device and system for vehicle remote diagnosis. The application can improve the real-time capability and convenience of vehicle remote diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LAUNCH TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Liu, Zhijian Chen, Xiu Chen, Shelin Shen, Liang Zhang, Wei Zhang, Jingrui Li
  • Patent number: 10737393
    Abstract: A guidance robot includes an internal frame, a shell over the internal frame and a display device provided outside of the shell and mounted to the frame. A reader is provided inside the shell, and an object having a readable code is inserted through an opening provided on the display device until the readable code is provided at the reader inside the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunho Yang, Haemin Choi
  • Patent number: 10739146
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and non-transitory computer readable storage medium, in one embodiment, associating at least one wireless device and at least one user, requesting audio information from at least one remote source by the at least one wireless device, receiving the audio information from the remote source, broadcasting an audio identifier to the at least one wireless device, using the audio information, authenticating the association between the at least one wireless device and at least one transport, based on the audio information, determining at least one characteristic of the at least one user based on at least one of at least one user search history and at least one user preference selection and determining at least one probable route of the at least one transport based on the at least one characteristic and at least one of at least one route history and at least one input destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10737387
    Abstract: A robot arm calibration device is provided, which includes a light emitter, a light sensing module, a cooperative motion controller and a processing module. The light emitter is disposed on at least one robot arm to emit a light beam. The light sensing module is disposed on at least another robot arm to receive the light beam and the light beam is converted into a plurality of image data. The cooperative motion controller is configured to drive the light emitter and light sensing module on at least two robot arms to a corrected position and a position to be corrected, respectively. The processing module receives the image data and the motion parameters of the at least two robot arms to calculate an error value between the corrected position and the position to be corrected, and analyzes the image data to output a corrected motion parameter for modifying motion command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yan-Yi Du, Cheng-Chuan Chao, Shu Huang, Hung-Hsiu Yu
  • Patent number: 10730477
    Abstract: An electronic control unit configured to permit a vehicle to travel in an automated driving mode. The electronic control unit is configured to detect unauthorized access from an outside to an in-vehicle Local Area Network during the automated driving mode. The electronic control unit is configured to perform control to fix a gear position of an automatic transmission when the electronic control unit determines that unauthorized access from the outside occurs during the automated driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenta Kumazaki
  • Patent number: 10730180
    Abstract: A teleoperated robotic system that utilizes a graphical user interface (GUI) to perform work on a workpiece(s) using a robot. A coordinate system of the GUI is correlated to the tool center point (TCP) of the robot and the TCP or workspace of a teleoperated member, such as a haptic joystick. Operable manipulation of the teleoperated member is correlated to a movement at a particular location in the robot station, such as movement of the TCP of the robot. The GUI can also provide digital representations of the workpiece, which is based on inputted and/or scanned information relating to a reference workpiece and/or the particular workpiece on which the robot is performing work. The GUI can further provide indications of the various stages of assembly of the workpiece, as well as an indication of work already, or to be, performed on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Gregory F. Rossano, Carlos Martinez, Jianjun Wang, Biao Zhang, Thomas A. Fuhlbrigge
  • Patent number: 10733853
    Abstract: Provided is a technology for enhancing movement efficiency and safety overall without depending on a person's experience or intuition, when a guidance instruction is given to a crowd. A crowd index calculating unit calculates an index regarding safety of a crowd and an index regarding movement efficiency of the crowd on the basis of crowd information on the crowd in target areas. Further, a crowd allocation determining unit determines allocation of the crowd in guidance spots to the target areas on the basis of the indexes calculated for the respective target areas. Further, a guidance instruction determining unit is provided with the guidance instruction determining unit that determines, for each guidance spot, details of a guidance instruction based on the determined allocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masumi Ichien
  • Patent number: 10730181
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer-readable media storing executable instructions, for enhancing robot learning. In some implementations, a robot stores first embeddings generated using a first machine learning model, and the first embeddings include one or more first private embeddings that are not shared with other robots. The robot receives a second machine learning model from a server system over a communication network. The robot generates a second private embedding for each of the one or more first private embeddings using the second machine learning model. The robot adds the second private embeddings to the cache of the robot and removes the one or more first private embeddings from the cache of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Nareshkumar Rajkumar, Patrick Leger, Abhinav Gupta