Patents Examined by Ryan Rink
  • Patent number: 10377388
    Abstract: A traction application executing on a vehicle control module receives a traction speed control input to control a traction wheel of the vehicle. Based on the traction speed control input, the traction application determines a first setpoint value of a control attribute related to the traction wheel. A first diagnostic supervisor receives a measured value of the control attribute related to the traction wheel, and the first setpoint value from the traction application. The first diagnostic supervisor comprises a first model of a traction system of the vehicle. Based on the first setpoint value and the first model, the first diagnostic supervisor calculates a first virtual value of the control attribute related to the traction wheel. Based on the first virtual value and the measured value of the control attribute, the first diagnostic supervisor determines a first operating condition of the traction system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen T. Mangette, Joe K. Hammer, Brent A. Barnhart
  • Patent number: 10339817
    Abstract: A flight management system includes a display for displaying a user interface and a processor coupled with the display and configured to receive flight plan information regarding a flight plan of an aircraft and aircraft status information from an aircraft monitoring system. The processor generates an alert indicating a deviation from the flight plan based on a comparison of the aircraft status information to the flight plan information, and provides the alert on a portion of the user interface displaying information indicative of the aircraft status information. The alert provides one or more user interface controls configured to enable a pilot to interact with the portion of the user interface displaying the information indicative of the aircraft status information to at least one of view additional information regarding the difference between the status information and the flight plan information and modify the flight plan of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Ellen L. McGaughy, Bandi B. Reddy, David L. Leedom
  • Patent number: 10328575
    Abstract: A method to compute a pixel map of probabilities of absence and presence of an obstacle in the environment of an autonomous robot comprising at least one sensor grouped in at least one set of sensors that detect obstacles of similar types and have its own sensor initial map of probability of absence of obstacles is provided. The method comprises the steps of initializing a map around the robot and attached to the robot with a predefined value of probability of absence or presence of an obstacle, acquiring data representative of the absence or presence of an obstacle around the robot from at least one sensing procedure, and concurrently updating values of probabilities using data from sensing procedure and modifying the probabilities of absence or presence of obstacle from previous observations to a value closer to a predefined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE
    Inventors: Nicolas Garcia, Lucas Souchet
  • Patent number: 10274335
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein are directed to providing a notification of a presence of an occupant in a vehicle before arriving at a destination. In an illustrative embodiment, the vehicle may include a location system for tracking routes taken or traveled by the vehicle. The vehicle may include a detection system for determining whether the occupant is in the vehicle along those routes traveled by the vehicle. The vehicle may also include a notification system. The notification system may store the routes traveled by the vehicle with and without the occupant in the vehicle. The notification system may provide a notification when a route is taken with the occupant and the route is not associated with the occupant based on the historical patterns of the routes traveled by vehicle with and without the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10272917
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a processor programmed to establish communication between a first vehicle and a second vehicle, identify one of the vehicles as a towing vehicle and the other as a towed vehicle, and limit operation of the towing vehicle according to constraints associated with the towed vehicle. In some implementations, the vehicle system detects that the towing vehicle is flat-towing the towed vehicle and that the towed vehicle is not operating in a neutral tow mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric David Bramson, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10265873
    Abstract: A method and a gonioradiometer for the direction-dependent measurement of at least one photometric or radiometric characteristic of an optical radiation source. The emission direction of the photometric or radiometric characteristic is described using a system of planes (A, B, C), the planes of which intersect at an intersection line which passes through the radiation centroid of the radiation source, and using an emission angle (?, ?, ?) which specifies the emission direction (?, ?, ?) within a considered plane. A sensor or the radiation source is fastened to a multi-axis articulated robot. The robot is configured to only swivel about precisely one of its axes during a measuring process, in which measurement values relating to different emission angles (?, ?, ?) within a considered plane of the system of planes (A, B, C) or to different planes at a considered emission angle (?, ?, ?) are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LMT LICHTMESSTECHNIK GMBH BERLIN
    Inventors: Carsten Diem, Thomas Reiners, Dieter Sorowka, Konstantin Radewald, Peter Lange
  • Patent number: 10259128
    Abstract: A human-robot collaboration (HRC) workstation includes a robot having a robot controller and a robot arm comprising a plurality of joints and links connecting the joints. The joints are automatically adjusted by the controller to move or hold in space a tool or workpiece held by the robot arm by adjusting the joints. The (HRC) workstation further comprises a mounting device having a stationary base frame and a fixing device configured to hold in place a workpiece or a tool such that the workpiece and/or tool held on the mounting device may be assembled and/or machined in interaction with the robot arm. The mounting device includes a mechanical adjusting device and a triggering device controlled by the robot controller and the adjusting device is configured to automatically adjust the fixing device relative to the base frame from an operating position to a safety position when the triggering device is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Julian Stockschlaeder, Hans Glatz
  • Patent number: 10252419
    Abstract: A robot for delivering items within a building or within a prescribed radius of a building are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Savioke, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Fritz, Adrian Canoso, Robert S. Bauer, Izumi Yaskawa, Steve Cousins
  • Patent number: 10248126
    Abstract: An obstacle avoidance walking method of a self-moving robot is provided, comprising: step 1000: the self-moving robot walks along the Y axis, sets the position at which obstacle is detect as an obstacle points and sets the coordinate of the point as a recorded point; step 2000: it is determined whether a recorded point, the Y-axis coordinate of which is within a numerical interval defined by the Y-axis coordinates of the current obstacle point and the previous obstacle point, has been stored previously; step 3000: if the determination result is positive, the recorded point is a turning point, and the self-moving robot walks along the X axis from the current obstacle point toward the turning point to the X-axis coordinate of the turning point, deletes the coordinate of the turning point, and the method returns to the step 1000 after performing traversal walking in an area between the turning point and the current obstacle point; and if the determination result is negative, the self-moving robot shifts for a di
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinju Tang
  • Patent number: 10248119
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to autonomous vehicles and associated mechanical, electrical and electronic hardware, computer software and systems, and wired and wireless network communications to provide an autonomous vehicle fleet as a service. In particular, a method may include receiving, at an autonomous vehicle system, a command to control an ambient feature associated with the autonomous vehicle system. One or more courses of action may be determined based on the command. In addition, one or more probabilistic models associated with the one or more courses of action may also be determined. Based on the one or more probabilistic models, confidence levels may also be determined to form a subset of the one or more courses of action. A course of action from the subset of the one or more courses of action may then be executed at the autonomous vehicle system responsive to the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Patent number: 10232512
    Abstract: An apparatus for setting a conveyor coordinate system in a robot system. The apparatus includes features provided on a movable part of a conveyor; a sensor provided on a robot; a first coordinate acquiring section for making the sensor detect positions of two features, when the movable part is in a first position, and acquiring two first coordinates in a base coordinate system of the robot; a conveying operation executing section for making the movable part perform a conveying operation from the first position toward a second position; a second coordinate acquiring section for making the sensor detect a position of one feature, when the movable part is in the second position, and acquiring one second coordinate in the base coordinate system; and a coordinate system determining section for determining the conveyor coordinate system based on a conveying operation direction, two first coordinates and one second coordinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Ooba, Ichiro Kanno
  • Patent number: 10226302
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating and presenting an electronic display of guidance for performing a robotic medical procedure may include receiving a plurality of prior procedure data sets; receiving or identifying objective data defining one or more of a duration or a patient outcome of the robotic medical procedure; executing an algorithm to identify a pattern across the plurality of prior procedure data sets; receiving information about an instance of the robotic medical procedure to be performed in the future for a patient outside the population; automatically generating guidance for performing the robotic medical procedure; and generating and presenting an electronic display of the guidance for performing the robotic medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mako Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Jose C. Lacal, David B. Berman, Abdullah Z. Abbasi
  • Patent number: 10203690
    Abstract: A formation setting apparatus includes a display unit, a selector, a region calculator, a display controller, and a communication controller. The display unit displays a formation of formation flying that includes aircrafts. The selector selects, as a first aircraft, one of the aircrafts displayed on the display unit, on a basis of an operation performed by a user. The region calculator calculates a movable region of the first aircraft, on a basis of a distance, to the first aircraft, from one or a plurality of second aircrafts of the aircrafts excluding the first aircraft. The display controller causes the calculated movable region to be displayed on the display unit. The communication controller transmits a control signal to the first aircraft when a position within the movable region displayed on the display unit is selected by the user. The control signal causes the first aircraft to move to the selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Harada, Satoshi Kuroyanagi, Yukinobu Tomonaga
  • Patent number: 10198008
    Abstract: A mobile robot system includes an outside world sensor, a traveling unit, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to provide a history map data. Based on environment information obtained from the outside world sensor, a mobile object appearance point at which no mobile body exists at present but there is the possibility that a mobile body may appear in the future is recognized. In recognizing a door as the mobile object appearance location, if part of an object being obtained from the outside world sensor and having a width equal to or greater than a predetermined width set in advance belongs to an object movement position recorded in the velocity history map, then the part is recognized as a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taishi Ueda, Ryosuke Nakamura, Azusa Amino
  • Patent number: 10189692
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for restoring shopping space conditions are provided. A system for restoring shopping space conditions comprises a motorized transport unit comprising at least one sensor, and a central computer system comprising a wireless transceiver for communicating with the motorized transport unit. The central computer system being configured to: identify a section of a shopping space having a dropped item, instruct the motorized transport unit to travel to the section of the shopping space and collect information associated with the dropped item using the at least one sensor, determine a characteristic of the dropped item in the section of the shopping space using the at least one sensor of the motorized transport unit, and select a cleaning task from a plurality of cleaning tasks based on the characteristic of the dropped item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Shuvro Chakrobartty, Robert C. Taylor, Brian G. McHale
  • Patent number: 10180346
    Abstract: A weight measurement system and a weight measurement method using a robot, by which a weight greater than a weight capacity of the robot can be measured. The system has a robot, a robot controller for controlling the motion of the robot, and an arithmetic processing unit for calculating the weight of an article to be measured. The robot is configured to apply a force to a working point connected to a tank so that at least one of support points or a part of a support surface of the tank is lifted, and simultaneously, the remaining support point or the remaining part of the support surface of the tank is grounded. The weight of the tank containing processing fluid can be measured based on a relationship between the force applied to the working point by the robot and a lever ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenzo Ebihara, Takeshi Ooki
  • Patent number: 10166675
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a modular robotic device with artificial intelligence that is receptive to training controls. In one implementation, modular robotic device architecture may be used to provide all or most high cost components in an autonomy module that is separate from the robotic body. The autonomy module may comprise controller, power, actuators that may be connected to controllable elements of the robotic body. The controller may position limbs of the toy in a target position. A user may utilize haptic training approach in order to enable the robotic toy to perform target action(s). Modular configuration of the disclosure enables users to replace one toy body (e.g., the bear) with another (e.g., a giraffe) while using hardware provided by the autonomy module. Modular architecture may enable users to purchase a single AM for use with multiple robotic bodies, thereby reducing the overall cost of ownership.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene Izhikevich, Dimitry Fisher, Jean-Baptiste Passot, Heathcliff Hatcher, Vadim Polonichko
  • Patent number: 10162367
    Abstract: An unmanned aircraft includes a forward propulsion system comprising one or more forward thrust engines and one or more corresponding rotors coupled to the forward thrust engines; a vertical propulsion system comprising one or more vertical thrust engines and one or more corresponding rotors coupled to the vertical thrust engines; and a pitch angle and throttle control system, comprising a processor configured to receive a first pitch angle command; and generate a second pitch angle command and a forward thrust engine throttle command based on a bounded pitch angle for the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Latitude Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Michael K. Douglas, Justin Armer, Carlos Murphy
  • Patent number: 10134613
    Abstract: A system and method for a cluster tool apparatus for processing a semiconductor product including processing modules located adjacent each other and configured to process a semiconductor module, loadlocks configured to retain and dispense unprocessed semiconductor products and each positioned adjacent one of the processing modules, a robot configured to load, transfer and unload a semiconductor product to and from the processing modules, a hardware controller in communication with the robot and executing a method to close down the cluster tool apparatus to an idle state, the method including determining a status of the processing modules, determining if a close down process is required based on the status or based on a close down signal, and, if required, determining a schedule for a close down process based on a semiconductor product residency parameter, and controlling the operation of the robot based on the schedule to perform the close down process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MACAU UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yan Qiao, Mengchu Zhou, Naiqi Wu, Zhiwu Li, Qinghua Zhu
  • Patent number: 10131429
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to systems and methods for autonomously picking up water in support of fire fighting missions using aerial vehicles. More particularly, the disclosure is directed to systems and methods for picking up water in support of fire fighting missions using onboard sensing and decision making processes with application of the fire retardant using unmanned aerial vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Zonio, Thomas Spura