Patents Examined by Ronnie M Mancho
  • Patent number: 10394240
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, and apparatus for failover navigation for remotely operated aerial vehicles. During flight, a primary guidance system uses a higher resolution map for an area to guide a remotely operated aerial vehicle around obstacles (e.g., buildings) in the area. Failure of the primary guidance system is detected during flight. The remotely operated aerial vehicle switches over to a secondary guidance system in response to detecting the failure. The secondary guidance system formulates a flight path to a safer location based on a lower resolution map of the area. The formulated flight path minimizes crossings between different boundaries represented in the lower resolution map. The formulated flight path is biased towards safety over efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Olaeris, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul E. I. Pounds
  • Patent number: 10377041
    Abstract: A method of setting a boundary plane includes: obtaining pose data of a robot; calculating the boundary plane in a preset relationship with a reference part of the robot based on the obtained pose data; and displaying the calculated boundary plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HANWHA PRECISION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Hoon Lee, Neung Hyun Kyung
  • Patent number: 10370030
    Abstract: A vehicle has a trailer backup steering input apparatus, a trailer backup assist control module coupled to the a trailer backup steering input apparatus, and an electric power assist steering system coupled to the trailer backup assist control module and. The trailer backup steering input apparatus is configured for outputting a trailer path curvature signal approximating a desired curvature for a path of travel of a trailer towably coupled to the vehicle. The trailer backup assist control module is configured for determining vehicle steering information as a function of the trailer path curvature signal. The electric power assist steering system is configured for controlling steering of steered wheels of the vehicle as a function of the vehicle steering information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, The Regents of the University of Michigan Office Tech. Transfer, University of Michigan
    Inventors: Douglas Scott Rhode, David Dean Smit, Erick Michael Lavoie, Martin Fitzpatrick Frey, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Taehyun Shim, Matt Y. Rupp, Roger Arnold Trombley
  • Patent number: 10370004
    Abstract: A method jointly estimates a state of a vehicle including a velocity and a heading rate of the vehicle and a state of stiffness of tires of the vehicle including at least one parameter defining an interaction of at least one tire of the vehicle with a road on which the vehicle is traveling. The method uses the motion and measurement models that include a combination of deterministic component independent from the state of stiffness and probabilistic components dependent on the state of stiffness. The method represents the state of stiffness with a set of particles. Each particle includes a mean and a variance of the state of stiffness defining a feasible space of the parameters of the state of stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Berntorp, Stefano Di Cairano
  • Patent number: 10354295
    Abstract: A reception system includes: a visitor recognition unit that recognizes a visitor; a receiving person recognition unit that recognizes a receiving person that corresponds to the visitor; a receiving person contact information storage unit that stores contact information of the receiving person; a notification unit that notifies the receiving person of a visit of the visitor at the contact information of the receiving person stored by the receiving person contact information storage unit; and a receiving person selection unit that selects a substitute receiving person associated with the receiving person in a case where the receiving person is absent when the notification unit notifies the receiving person at the contact information of the receiving person, wherein the notification unit notifies the substitute receiving person selected by the receiving person selection unit when the receiving person is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoaki Sumida, Hiroshi Kondo, Asuka Shiina, Shunichi Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Nakadai, Keisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10335951
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes, an acquisition unit that acquires surface position information on an object, a decision unit that decides a measurement position for measuring the object based on the surface position information acquired by the acquisition unit, a measurement unit that measures contact position information on contact with the object at the measurement position decided by the decision unit, a creation unit that creates map information indicative of spatial position information on the object based on the contact position information measured by the measurement unit, and a recognition unit that recognizes the position and orientation of the object based on the map information created by the creation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10335964
    Abstract: In a robot control system, the distance from an operating region of a robot arm to a person who is approaching the region is measured using a laser sensor. Information necessary to acquire a safety skill level that is stored in an RFID tag possessed by the person is acquired using an RFID reader. A controller classifies distances into a short distance, which is a distance within the operating region of the arm, a long distance, which is a distance that exceeds a movable region of the arm, and an intermediate distance, which is a distance between the short distance and the long distance. The motion of the arm is controlled by the controller, depending on the distance (i.e., the long distance, the intermediate distance, or the short distance) and the safety level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Akira Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10321928
    Abstract: [Object] To enable to detect a force acting on a surgical instrument with a simpler configuration. [Solution] Provided is an information processing device including an acting force calculation unit that calculates, on a basis of a first detected value by a first force sensor provided on one side of a rod-shaped member, at least one of acting forces on a first point of action and a second point of action that differ from each other on an other side of the rod-shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Hongo, Kenichiro Nagasaka, Naoki Komine, Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10300606
    Abstract: Technologies pertaining to human-robot interaction are described herein. The robot includes a computer-readable memory that comprises a model that, with respect to successful completions of a task, is fit to observed data, where at least some of such observed data pertains to a condition that is controllable by the robot, such as position of the robot or distance between the robot and a human. A task that is desirably performed by the robot is to cause the human to engage with the robot. The model is updated while the robot is online, such that behavior of the robot adapts over time to increase the likelihood that the robot will successfully complete the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dinei A. Florencio, Douglas GuimarĂ£es Macharet, Dan Bohus
  • Patent number: 10293483
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for training and/or operating a robotic device to follow a trajectory. A robotic vehicle may utilize a camera and stores the sequence of images of a visual scene seen when following a trajectory during training in an ordered buffer. Motor commands associated with a given image may be stored. During autonomous operation, an acquired image may be compared with one or more images from the training buffer in order to determine the most likely match. An evaluation may be performed in order to determine if the image may correspond to a shifted (e.g., left/right) version of a stored image as previously observed. If the new image is shifted left, right turn command may be issued. If the new image is shifted right then left turn command may be issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Oyvind Grotmol, Oleg Sinyavskiy
  • Patent number: 10290215
    Abstract: In one embodiment an event likely to be attended by a plurality of users of a taxi service is identified. A location of the event is determined and an end time of the event is estimated. Prior to the end time of the event, a plurality of drivers associated with the taxi service are directed to drive to the location of the event to transport passengers from the location of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GT Gettaxi Limited
    Inventors: Talmon Marco, Ziv Haparnas, David Agasi
  • Patent number: 10286550
    Abstract: A robot teaching system and control method thereof are disclosed. In robot teaching system, a haptic device generates pieces of teaching data to a robot, so that the robot moves and rotates according to the pieces of teaching data, and a force sensor captures first feedback data corresponding to the motion and rotation of the robot and outputs a feedback signal, which corresponds to the first feedback data, to the haptic device. Thus, the user, who controls the haptic device, can understand the situation of the robot and react to the situation immediately, so as to avoid the risk for lack of user's instant reaction to the situation of the robot in the conventional robot teaching system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIPEI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hsien-I Lin, Jui-Hsin Liu
  • Patent number: 10279480
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer readable media applicable to robots, such as balancing robots. Some implementations are directed to determining multiple measures of a property of a robot for a given time and determining a final measure of the property of the robot for the given time based on the multiple measures. One or more control commands may be generated based on the final measure of the property and provided to one or more actuators of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Holson, Jeffrey Bingham, Ben Berkowitz
  • Patent number: 10279479
    Abstract: A robot calibrating apparatus calibrating a command value for a robot body 2 whose position and orientation is controlled based on the command value, includes an operating unit configured to calculate a calibrating function of calibrating the command value, based on the difference between an ideal position and orientation of the robot body 2 and an actual position and orientation of the robot body 2. The ideal position and orientation is operated based on a command value RHTcom for calibration used during calibration or on a control result value which is a result of control according to the command value. The actual position and orientation is operated based on a measurement value RHT?meas for calibration acquired by a camera 3 arranged at a prescribed relative position and orientation with respect to the robot body 2 during the robot body 2 being controlled according to the command value for calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki Suzuki, Shingo Amano
  • Patent number: 10272569
    Abstract: A computer-assisted medical device including a first joint set on an articulated arm, a second joint set on the articulated arm, and a control unit coupled to the first joint set and second joint set. The control unit determines a disturbance to the first joint set caused by a release of one or more brakes and compensates for the disturbance using the second joint set to reduce motion to a position of a point of interest. In some embodiments, the control unit compensates for the disturbance by determining an initial position for the point of interest with respect to a reference point, determining a predicted motion for the point of interest based on the disturbance to the first joint set, and sending a drive command to the second joint set to move the point of interest in a direction opposite to the predicted motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nitish Swarup, Paul G. Griffiths, Goran A. Lynch, Daniel N. Miller
  • Patent number: 10266068
    Abstract: A driving system for electric vehicles. The driving system may have two or more electric motors, each with voltage inputs, which are connected to the axles and tires of the vehicle. A variable input control may provide a signal that indicates its current operation position to a vehicle control unit. The vehicle control unit receives the information from the variable input control and determines how much power to send to each of the electric motors' voltage inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Sheng-Fu Lai
  • Patent number: 10265855
    Abstract: Disclosed are a wall-climbing aerial robot mechanism and a method of controlling the same. The method of controlling a wall-climbing aerial robot includes allowing the aerial robot to fly towards a structure, allowing the aerial robot to approach the structure and recognize a wall of the structure, allowing the aerial robot to calculate a trajectory for landing on the wall of the structure, approach the wall of the structure after taking an orientation, and be attached on the wall of the structure, and allowing the aerial robot to move along the wall of the structure to perform a task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hyeon Myeong, Wancheol Myeong, Kwang Yik Jung, Yonghun Jeong, Jae-Uk Shin
  • Patent number: 10245731
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving position data indicative of position of a demonstration tool. Based on the received position data, the method further includes determining a motion path of the demonstration tool, wherein the motion path comprises a sequence of positions of the demonstration tool. The method additionally includes determining a replication control path for a robotic device, where the replication control path includes one or more robot movements that cause the robotic device to move a robot tool through a motion path that corresponds to the motion path of the demonstration tool. The method also includes providing for display of a visual simulation of the one or more robot movements within the replication control path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Linnell
  • Patent number: 10246152
    Abstract: A displacement manipulated variable determination section 53 in a control device 40 for a mobile robot 1 determines, for each of contacting portions 13, 23 of a plurality of movable links 3, 4, a displacement manipulated variable for making a desired position and/or posture of the contacting portion 13 or 23 displaced, by integrating, under a predetermined condition, a deviation between an observed value of an actual contact reaction force acting from an external object and a desired value thereof. The control device 40 controls an actuator 41 that drives a corresponding joint, in accordance with the displacement manipulated variable determined and a reference operational goal for the mobile robot 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Takagi, Chiaki Tanaka, Tomoki Watabe, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Masao Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 10239201
    Abstract: A master-slave system (1) according to the present invention includes a slave actuator (As1 to As3) for generating a slave driving force (?s) to control a slave robot in terms of driving force, an effective driving force sensor (Fs1 to Fs3) for measuring a slave effective driving force (?sa) actually acting on a terminal output axis of the slave actuator (As1 to As3), and a slave target effective driving force calculating device (3) for calculating a slave target effective driving force (?sad) which is a target value for the slave effective driving force (?sa), on the basis of a master operating force (fm) applied to the master robot by an operator (U). The slave actuator (As1 to As3) generates the slave driving force (?s) on the basis of the slave target effective driving force (?sad) and the slave effective driving force (?sa).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Muscle Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuya Kanaoka