Patents Examined by Stephen Holwerda
  • Patent number: 10814491
    Abstract: A wireless hands-free pointer system includes a wearable unit and a base station. The wearable unit includes a head-mountable portion and a neck-mountable portion. The head-mountable portion includes an inertial measurement unit to detect movements of the head of a wearer. The neck-mountable portion includes a power supply, a microcontroller, and a wireless transmitter module and is formed to allow wearing by draping it about a wearer's neck to rest on their shoulders. The head-mountable portion is electrically coupled to the neck-mountable portion to receive power from the power supply. The head-mountable portion is also communicatively coupled to the neck-mountable portion to transmit detected movements of the head of a wearer to the microcontroller for determining position data for transmission to the base station using the wireless transmitter module. The base includes a wireless receiver module to receiving position data and can communicate the position data to a processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Synaptive Medical (Barbados) Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Bryan Hodges, Daniel Christopher John Pajek
  • Patent number: 10807235
    Abstract: A machine learning device for a robot that allows a human and the robot to work cooperatively, the machine learning device including a state observation unit that observes a state variable representing a state of the robot during a period in that the human and the robot work cooperatively; a determination data obtaining unit that obtains determination data for at least one of a level of burden on the human and a working efficiency; and a learning unit that learns a training data set for setting an action of the robot, based on the state variable and the determination data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: FANUC CORPORATION, PREFERRED NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Taketsugu Tsuda, Daisuke Okanohara, Ryosuke Okuta, Eiichi Matsumoto, Keigo Kawaai
  • Patent number: 10806530
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is configured to be installed for use on a teleoperated surgical system. A surgeon or other medical person controls the surgical instrument by manipulating one or more control inputs. Computer-assisted teleoperated actuators of the teleoperated surgical system move one or more surgical instrument mechanical degrees of freedom in response to movements of the one or more control inputs. A teleoperated surgical system is provided to enable a surgeon or medical person to manually control one or more surgical instrument mechanical degrees of freedom, while the surgical instrument is installed for use on the teleoperated surgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Hsien-Hsin Liao, Julie L. Berry, Pushkar Hingwe, Brandon D. Itkowitz
  • Patent number: 10792814
    Abstract: Systems and methods to store, in a database, product information identifying each respective product in the database, a store in the shopping mall that carries the respective product, and a location within the store where the respective product is physically accessible by a customer visiting the mall. The database is updated via communicating with database systems of stores in the mall and/or dispatching robots to the stores to collect data for the updates. Frequencies of the updates are determined based on sales volumes of the stores. A server is used to provide a user interface to access the database of the mall and provide navigational guidance for travel from current locations of user devices and the locations of the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OneMarket Network LLC
    Inventors: Riley James Hitchcock, Sarah A. McElroy, Edmund James Golby Spencer, Corrine C Barchanowicz, Erik Davin Kokkonen, Joshua Lynton Lowy, Gerard Joseph Cerchio, Brian David Wilson
  • Patent number: 10780580
    Abstract: A teaching apparatus that is connected to a control apparatus controlling a welding robot and outputs a command intended for the welding robot to the control apparatus is provided. The teaching apparatus includes a welding-parameter-manipulating portion provided on a front face and accepting an operation of changing a setting that defines a movement, of the welding robot, an enabling switch provided on a back face and accepting an operation of changing a state of electrification of the welding robot, and a robot-manipulating portion provided on the back face and accepting an operation of executing the movement of the welding robot. The welding-parameter-manipulating portion is positioned on a left side, in front view, with respect to the center, and the enabling switch and the robot-manipulating portion are positioned on a right side, in rear view, with respect to the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Fukunaga, Daisuke Umekawa, Kenta Kobayashi, Ryota Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10780585
    Abstract: A robot for performing hand-eye calibration is provided. The robot includes a robot arm including a plurality of joints, a plurality of arm sections, and an end effector, a communication interface, and a control circuit. The control circuit controls the robot arm to place the external object on a worktable after the external object is grasped by the end effector, acquires coordinates of a central point of the external object in a coordinate system of the camera from an image of the external object, and calculates a calibration parameter for defining a relation between a coordinate system of the end effector and the coordinate system of the camera, based on coordinates of the end effector in a base coordinate system of the robot and coordinates of the central point of the external object in the coordinate system of the camera when the external object is placed on the worktable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon Yong Park, Kyung Shik Roh, Sung Hwan Ahn, Suk June Yoon, So Hee Lee, Young Pil Jeon
  • Patent number: 10772692
    Abstract: The invention provides a probe device, a precision detection method, a precision detection system, and a positioning system. The probe device includes a positioning part and a guide detection part, wherein the positioning part is provided with a support having three or more non-collinear positioning element installed thereon, and the guide detection part is connected with the support, has a first preset positional relation with the positioning elements, and has a cylindrical outer contour matched with a guide element of the positioning system. The precision of the guide element can be accurately detected, so that the control precision of a surgical robot is effectively improved, and the system safety is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TINAVI MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yinyan Li, Bo Chen, Yubiao Wei
  • Patent number: 10773761
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a walking robot. A first end effector connected to a first end of a robotic arm is moved relative to a surface of a structure and away from a second end effector connected to a second end of the robotic arm. The first end effector is secured relative to the surface of the structure after moving the first end effector relative to the surface. The second end effector connected to the second end of the robotic arm is moved relative to the surface of the structure and toward the first end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10766140
    Abstract: A robot system includes a robot, a teach pendant having an operator interface, and a robot controller with a computer and associated hardware and software containing a virtual representation of the robot and the environment. The system employs a method for avoiding collisions including moving a manipulator arm along an actual path in an environment containing objects constituting collision geometry. Operator input is entered into the teach pendant, whereby the operator is able to directly control motion of the robot along the actual path. A recent history of the motion of the robot is recorded, and a predicted path of the robot is developed based on the input entered into the teach pendant and the recent history of the motion of the robot. Real-time collision checking between the predicted path and the collision geometry is performed while the operator manually controls the robot using the teach pendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Darren Krasny, Zachary Schmid
  • Patent number: 10768012
    Abstract: In an approach for determining temporal solar capacity navigation routes, a computer receives navigation criteria navigation criteria that includes at least a starting location, a destination, a date, a time, and a temporal solar capacity. The computer determines one or more navigation routes based on the received navigation criteria. The computer creates a temporal solar capacity navigation map based on the received navigation criteria. The computer determines one or more suggested navigation routes from the determining one or more navigation routes based on the created temporal solar capacity navigation map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Z. Akselrod, Anthony DiLoreto, Brett G. King, Steve McDuff, Kyle D. Robeson
  • Patent number: 10737669
    Abstract: A brake control system for a landing gear of an aircraft is provided. The system includes a first control channel for providing brake control signals to one or more brakes on the landing gear, and a second control channel for providing brake control signals to another one or more brakes on the landing gear. At least one of the first control channel and the second control channel is configured to act as an executive in monitoring braking efforts applied by the one or more brakes as compared to braking efforts applied by the another one or more brake, and to cause the braking efforts of at least one of the one or more brakes or the another one or more brakes to be modified in an effort to equalize the braking efforts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Eric D. Cahill
  • Patent number: 10730506
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid vehicle including an electronic control unit configured to turn on a second inverter in three phases when an accelerator operation amount is equal to or greater than a predetermined operation amount during predetermined traveling in which the hybrid vehicle is traveling with the engine operated in a state in which a first inverter and a second inverter are shut down and when a rotation speed of a first motor is equal to or less than a predetermined rotation speed. Accordingly, it is possible to rapidly increase a rotation speed of the first motor to be higher than a predetermined rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuka Inoshita
  • Patent number: 10724870
    Abstract: The present invention combines the geographical coverage possible with fixed, pre-defined route segment costs (e.g. the legal speed limit) with, wherever possible, richer time dependent costs. A user of, for example, a portable navigation device, can therefore continue route planning as before to virtually any destination in a country covered by the stored map database, but wherever possible, can also use traffic data with time-dependent costs, so that the effect of congestion with any time predictability can be accurately taken into account as an automatic, background process. It leaves the user to simply carry on driving, following the guidance offered by the navigation device, without needing to be concerned about congestion that exists now, and whether it will impact his journey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Bruce Watson Adam, Ian Malcolm Atkinson, Michael Joseph Dixon
  • Patent number: 10717196
    Abstract: A machine learning device that learns an operation of a robot for picking up, by a hand unit, any of a plurality of workpieces placed in a random fashion, including a bulk-loaded state, includes a state variable observation unit that observes a state variable representing a state of the robot, including data output from a three-dimensional measuring device that obtains a three-dimensional map for each workpiece, an operation result obtaining unit that obtains a result of a picking operation of the robot for picking up the workpiece by the hand unit, and a learning unit that learns a manipulated variable including command data for commanding the robot to perform the picking operation of the workpiece, in association with the state variable of the robot and the result of the picking operation, upon receiving output from the state variable observation unit and output from the operation result obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: FANUC CORPORATION, PREFERRED NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Yamazaki, Takumi Oyama, Shun Suyama, Kazutaka Nakayama, Hidetoshi Kumiya, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Daisuke Okanohara, Ryosuke Okuta, Eiichi Matsumoto, Keigo Kawaai
  • Patent number: 10709506
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enhancing surgical planning provide enhanced planning of entry port placement and/or robot position for laparoscopic, robotic, and other minimally invasive surgery. Various embodiments may be used in robotic surgery systems to identify advantageous entry ports for multiple robotic surgical tools into a patient to access a surgical site. Generally, data such as imaging data is processed and used to create a model of a surgical site, which can then be used to select advantageous entry port sites for two or more surgical tools based on multiple criteria. Advantageous robot positioning may also be determined, based on the entry port locations and other factors. Validation and simulation may then be provided to ensure feasibility of the selected port placements and/or robot positions. Such methods, apparatus, and systems may also be used in non-surgical contexts, such as for robotic port placement in munitions diffusion or hazardous waste handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Eve Coste-Maniere, Louai Adhami, Jean-Daniel Boissonnat, Alain Carpentier, Gary S. Guthart
  • Patent number: 10677877
    Abstract: A system for use in identifying one of an unmanned ground vehicle and an unmanned aerial vehicle includes a signal emitter associated with the unmanned vehicle. The signal emitter includes at least one quantum cascade laser. The signal emitter emits a signal having a wavelength between approximately 2 ?m and approximately 30 ?m, and the signal is detectable to identify the unmanned vehicle as friendly at a distance from the signal emitter greater than approximately 1 meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: LMD Power of Light Corp.
    Inventors: Susan Houde-Walter, Christopher A. Gagliano, Daniel Balonek
  • Patent number: 10661657
    Abstract: A PI/PID controller that generates a torque compensation value KPID through PI control or PID control, from a deviation between an allowable rotation speed and a rotation speed of a wheel; an adder that adds the torque compensation value to a torque command input value received from a higher-order controller, thereby obtaining a torque command output value; and a dead time compensator that has a control target model including a dead time and that applies a dead time compensation in generation of the torque compensation value by the Smith method. An input to the dead time compensator is an output of a P compensation or a PD compensation excluding an I compensation from a PI compensation or a PID compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sugai
  • Patent number: 10650686
    Abstract: A device can receive information that identifies an airspace voxel that represents a three-dimensional portion of airspace during a particular time period. The device can associate one or more airspace parameters with the airspace voxel. The one or more airspace parameters can represent one or more conditions that relate to flight through the airspace voxel during the particular time period. The device can receive one or more flight parameters regarding a potential flight plan of an aircraft through a plurality of airspace voxels, including the airspace voxel, during the particular time period. The device can analyze the one or more flight parameters and a plurality of airspace parameters, associated with the plurality of airspace voxels, using one or more airspace rules. The device can output a recommendation regarding the potential flight plan based on analyzing the one or more flight parameters and the plurality of airspace parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Evans, Dana Maher, Tariq Rashid
  • Patent number: 10639974
    Abstract: A system is provided for gaining access to a sunroof of a vehicle, in particular a car, including a sunroof control unit (19) and a sunroof actuation switch (27), in particular, for actuation of opening and/or closing and/or tilting of a sunroof. The sunroof actuation switch has one switch contact (28) or a plurality of switch contacts, wherein the sunroof control unit (19) and the sunroof actuation switch (27) are re-configured to communicate data, such as programming and/or reprogramming data and/or parameter setting data and/or diagnostic data, from and/or to the sunroof control unit (19) through the one switch contact (28) or at least one of the plurality of switch contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Webasto SE
    Inventors: Phillip Iott, Scott Adams
  • Patent number: 10643473
    Abstract: A vehicle for collision avoidance assistance may include: a camera to obtain an image of an object behind the vehicle, and obtain coordinates of a feature point spaced apart from the object, a controller, and a notification unit to output a collision warning. In particular, the controller sets an estimated value of a vector indicating a state of the vehicle based on coordinates of the vehicle, coordinates of the object, and the coordinates of the feature point, determine a predicted value of the estimated value of the vector based on a result of differentiating the estimated value of the vector with respect to time, correct the predicted value, determine the estimated value of the vector, and calculate a distance between the camera and the object to transmit a collision warning signal to the notification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junho Yang, DongHun Yang