Patents Examined by Ronnie M Mancho
  • Patent number: 12011239
    Abstract: An image-guided robotic intervention system (“IGRIS”) may be used to perform medical procedures on patients. IGRIS provides a real-time view of patient anatomy, as well as an intended target or targets for the procedures, software that allows a user to plan an approach or trajectory path using either the image or the robotic device, software that allows a user to convert a series of 2D images into a 3D volume, and localizes the 3D volume with respect to real-time images during the procedure. IGRIS may include sensors to estimate pose of the imaging device relative to the patient to improve the performance of that software with respect to runtime, robustness, and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Mendaera, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Tomas Wilson, Kevin Christopher Chu, Benjamin Joseph Greer, Alexander Tarek Hassan, Joshua Francis DeFonzo, Erica Ding Chin, Aren Calder Hill, Trent Michael Callan
  • Patent number: 12005780
    Abstract: A method and an operator control device operate an infotainment system. The operator control device has a control unit, an audio device, an actuating element, and a touch-sensitive display device, which is mounted so as to be movable and is designed to display at least one graphical control element. The touch-sensitive display device moves during an actuating action and thus activates the actuating element. The control unit determines an actuation position of the actuating action on the touch-sensitive display device when the actuating element is activated and compares said actuation position with a display position of the at least one graphical control element. The audio device is actuated to output an audible signal when the actuation position matches the display position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Müller, Andreas Spahmann
  • Patent number: 12005587
    Abstract: A robot system includes: a robot; a plurality of operation terminals that receive an input of a password for acquiring operation authority of the robot and an operation input for operating the robot from a user; and a robot controller communicable with the operation terminals. The robot controller drives, in a controlled manner, the robot according to operation from a single operation terminal among the operation terminals. The robot controller includes a password storage unit that stores a password for granting operation authority of the robot to the operation terminal. The robot controller further includes an operation authority grant processing unit that grants operation authority of the robot to a single operation terminal to which a proper predetermined password stored in the password storage unit is first input in a state in which operation authority of the robot is not granted to any operation terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Hirota Touma
  • Patent number: 12005566
    Abstract: A piece of equipment for on-demand food preparation, for instance on an assembly line, that can use an end-of-arm tool to retrieve and deposit food items on a horizontal surface, such as the surface of a conveyor. The end-of-arm tool may include a peel, in which the peel can be translated from a retracted position to an extended position to transfer food items. The piece of equipment may translate the peel quickly into the extended position to facilitate the retrieval of food items from the horizontal surface. The piece of equipment may be rotated to position the robotic appendage and the peel in a desired direction. The peel may include a push bar that may be movable between a withdrawn position and a push position to selectively push items off of the peel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Congruens Group, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Gouled Goldberg, Vaibhav Goel, Alexander John Garden, Robert Eugene Switek
  • Patent number: 11995580
    Abstract: A data processing device includes a command generation unit configured to generate an instruction command for giving an instruction of one or more operations to be executed during a process by a robot provided with at least one arm, wherein the instruction command is generated on a basis of instruction data including image data obtained by capturing one or more images of situations during or after the process, and text data indicating at least one of an object to be utilized in the process or an operation to be executed during the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Kenta Kawamoto, Masahiro Fujita, Michael Siegfried Spranger
  • Patent number: 11993495
    Abstract: An aerial device for operating on energized powerlines is disclosed. The aerial device may have a boom assembly with a lower, electrically non-insulating boom section coupled to an upper, electrically insulating boom section. The lower and upper boom sections may be coupled by a pinned connection that utilizes structural collars and structural pins to handle loads applied to the upper boom section. The upper boom section may articulate relative to the lower boom section using a 4-bar mechanism employing a split pivot pin that enables a greater range of motion for the articulation. A modular sled that can be coupled to various boom assemblies is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Berry, Johnson X. Miles, David F. Lindquist
  • Patent number: 11980436
    Abstract: A medical system is described in which, the system includes a control device having processing circuitry configured to: receive positional information relating to the position of at least a part of a surgical robot; determine a boundary around the surgical robot based on the positional information; and control the generation of a haptic sensation at the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Wright, Akinori Kamoda
  • Patent number: 11982541
    Abstract: A cleaning route determination apparatus includes a calculation condition inputter that receives a calculation condition including information regarding an inside of a facility, an analyzer that analyzes, on a basis of the calculation condition, behavior of airflow and particles inside the facility, a map generator that generates, on a basis of a result of the analysis, a dust accumulation map indicating dust accumulation areas inside the facility and one or more dust amounts corresponding to the dust accumulation areas, a classifier that selects, on the basis of a certain condition, clusters from among clusters inside the facility, and a route calculator that determines a first route from second routes. Each of the second routes is a route for a cleaner to pass through, within a certain period of time, at least one dust accumulation area included in the clusters selected from among the clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Tetsuya Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 11964558
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus allow for passive determination of a driver's Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC). Alcohol concentrations can be determined from exhaled breath, however inconvenience to a driver is often a barrier for incorporation of BrAC sensors into vehicles. The methods and apparatus allow for passive determination of a driver's BrAC, while detecting and accounting for a wide range of environmental conditions that may reduce the accuracy of a passive BrAC reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.
    Inventors: Bertil Hök, Raimo Gester, Jonas Ljungblad, Håkan Pettersson
  • Patent number: 11959733
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to mobile correctional facility robots and systems and methods for coordinating mobile correctional facility robots to perform various tasks in a correctional facility. The mobile correctional facility robots can be used to perform many of the tasks traditionally assigned to correctional facility guards to help reduce the number of guards needed in any given correctional facility. When cooperation is employed among multiple mobile correctional facility robots to execute tasks, a central controller can be used to coordinate the efforts of the multiple robots to improve the performance of the overall system of robots as compared to the performance of the robots when working in uncoordinated effort to execute the tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Hodge
  • Patent number: 11960262
    Abstract: Some aspects include a schedule development method for a robotic floor-cleaning device that recognizes patterns in user input to automatically devise a work schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventor: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi
  • Patent number: 11951842
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an electrified vehicle configured to selectively deactivate a restricted power mode based on an acceleration request, such as an imminent or current acceleration request. A corresponding method is also disclosed. An example electrified vehicle includes a battery and a controller configured to apply a restricted power mode when a state of health of the battery is below a predefined lower threshold. Further, when in the restricted power mode, the controller is configured to limit an amount of power drawn from the battery. Additionally, the controller is configured to selectively deactivate the restricted power mode in response to a signal indicating a current or imminent request for acceleration of the electrified vehicle requiring power to be drawn from the battery above an upper limit of the restricted power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yanan Zhao, Xiaohong Nina Duan, Ming Lang Kuang
  • Patent number: 11938523
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a container treatment system for the treatment of containers, such as bottles, in the beverage processing industry, comprising a clean room and a container treatment machine arranged therein with at least one exchangeable component, where the container treatment system comprises a robot which is arranged in the clean room and is designed to exchange said exchangeable component, and a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Max Brikmann
  • Patent number: 11926056
    Abstract: A gait planning method and a robot using the same as well as a computer readable storage medium are provided. The method includes: determining a reference leg length l0 and a leg length variation range A of a robot; performing a trajectory planning on a length of at least one of the legs of the robot using; an equation including the reference leg length, the leg length variation range, and a preset recurrent excitation function of a time variable t. In this manner, the trajectory planning for the leg length of the robot during motion is performed according to the characteristics of motion scene such as robot jumping or running so that the change of the leg length of the robot is adapted to the motion process, which greatly improves the stability of the robot in the motion scene such as jumping or running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Jie Bai, Yizhang Liu, Ligang Ge, Chunyu Chen, Qiuyue Luo, Youjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 11926064
    Abstract: A remote control manipulator system includes: a manipulator being controlled by an operator remotely to handle an object; a stereoscopic display device that displays a right-eye image and a left-eye image so as to be stereoscopically viewed; a model image generator that generates a model image being an image of an integrated three-dimensional model viewed from a viewpoint designated by the operator, the integrated three-dimensional model being a three-dimensional model obtained by integrating the manipulator model and a surrounding environment model being generated by performing image processing on the right-eye image and the left-eye image and being a three-dimensional model of the object and a surrounding environment thereof; and a model image display device that displays the model image and is configured to be able to be viewed by the operator switching between the stereoscopic display device and the model image display device through moving the head of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Shota Narasaki, Noboru Kawaguchi, Masaki Hirano, Muneharu Kuwata, Masashige Suwa, Toshiyuki Ando, Hitomi Ono, Akihiro Fujie, Yoshitaka Koda, Toru Sato
  • Patent number: 11927448
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of determining a position of a portable electronic device in an indoor environment includes: at a first rate, updating an absolute position of a portable electronic device within the indoor environment based on at least one of radio signal data and magnetic field data captured using the portable electronic device; at a second rate that is different than the first rate, selectively updating an estimated displacement of the portable electronic device within the indoor environment, the updating the estimated displacement comprising generating an estimated displacement, by a neural network module, based on inertial sensor data of the portable electronic device; and determining a present position of the portable electronic device within the indoor environment by updating a previous position based on at least one of (a) the estimated displacement and (b) the absolute position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Boris Chidlovskii, Leonid Antsfeld, Emilio Sansano
  • Patent number: 11926383
    Abstract: A system and a method for controlling a bicycle used in an online to offline (O2O) service platform that provides a sharing service of bicycles are provided. The system may detect a pressure signal from at least one part of the bicycle. The system may determine an access permission level based at least on the pressure signal. The system may further control at least one electric control component of the bicycle according to at least the user permission level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Muguo Du
  • Patent number: 11921519
    Abstract: A method estimates an intention of a lead vehicle by an ego vehicle. The method includes: (a) receiving, from at least one of a first plurality of sensors coupled to the ego vehicle, information associated with a parametric variable, (b) selecting a partition of an operating region of the parametric variable based on the parametric variable information, wherein the operating region includes a predetermined range of values for the parametric variable, wherein the partition includes a subset of the predetermined range of values and being associated with a predetermined ego vehicle input, and wherein the predetermined vehicle input includes at least one value for a parameter corresponding to dynamics of the ego vehicle, and (c) causing a vehicle control system of the ego vehicle to perform a vehicle maneuver based on the predetermined ego vehicle input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Sze Zheng Yong, Ruochen Niu, Qiang Shen
  • Patent number: 11912387
    Abstract: A system receives data from a submersible remote operated vehicle (ROV), the data being about the operation of an arm of the ROV. The system automatically controls, based on the data, movement of the arm in docking the arm to a tool holder. In certain instances, the system implements an image based control. In certain instances, the system implements a force accommodation control. In certain instances, the system implements both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Leonhardt, Bijou Abraham, Peter Boissiere, Steve Cohan, Kevin Hjelden, Doug Mayne, Tim Ranstrom, Sean Rogers, Kevin Schell, Spencer Slam, Adwait Jayant Gandhe
  • Patent number: 11904686
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for performing vehicle control. A computing system determines a difference between a recent rate of change and a historical rate of change of a rotating vehicle shaft of a vehicle during a vehicle race. The computing system determines that the difference between the recent rate of change of the rotating vehicle shaft and the historical rate of change of the rotating vehicle shaft satisfies a criteria for limiting vehicle power, wherein the computing system changes the criteria for limiting vehicle power during the vehicle race. The computing system sends a signal for receipt by a vehicle component of the vehicle, to cause the vehicle component to limit rotation of the rotating vehicle shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Davis Intellectual Properties LLC
    Inventor: Shannon R. Davis