Patents by Inventor Kunihiro Iwamoto

Kunihiro Iwamoto has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 12037192
    Abstract: A rack includes a pair of first rail portions extending in a depth direction for supporting protrusions, a pair of first gradient portions inclining downward toward a front surface of the rack, a pair of second rail portions facing the pair of the first rail portions, and a pair of second gradient portions inclining upward toward the front surface of the rack. A transport robot includes a top plate on which an object is placed, an elevating portion that raises and lowers the top plate, one or more load sensors provided on the top plate, and a control unit for controlling the elevating portion based on measurement results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junya Ota, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi, Yoshiaki Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 12039485
    Abstract: A home delivery system delivering objects to a residence comprises a moving body configured to move autonomously or remotely, a plurality of sensors placed in the residence, and the processing apparatus. The processing apparatus is configured to execute observing status of a resident including whether or not the resident is in the residence based on detection information acquired from the plurality of sensors. Then, the processing apparatus is configured to execute instructing the moving body to start a delivery at least condition that the resident is in the residence and instructing the moving body to complete the delivery on condition that the resident is available to response after the moving body arriving at the residence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Otsuki, Haeyeon Lee, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi, Kota Oishi
  • Publication number: 20240227165
    Abstract: A robot system and a method for driving a robot capable of moving the position of the center of gravity of the robot while minimizing the increase in the footprint thereof are provided. A robot system according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a robot. The robot includes a movable moving part, an upper body part disposed above the moving part, and a driving mechanism for tilting the upper body part and moving a lower end of the upper body part in a direction in which the upper body part is tilted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta ITOZAWA, Hirotaka KOMURA, Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Yutaro TAKAGI
  • Patent number: 12033115
    Abstract: A shelf inventory management system includes: a shelf including storage boxes that is each identified; a first sensor that detects a mass change of the storage boxes; a management unit that manages an inventory of an article stored in each storage box, based on a detection result of the first sensor; and a terminal for notifying a user of information related to the article stored in each storage box. The management unit stores the article stored in each storage box and an expiration date related to consumption of the article in association with each other, and outputs to the terminal reminder information for notifying that the expiration date of the article is approaching, when a period until the expiration date of the article not detected by the first sensor falls below a predetermined standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Itozawa, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi, Yoshiaki Nakamoto, Junya Ota
  • Patent number: 12030715
    Abstract: The transport system has a transport vehicle. The transport vehicle includes two racks, each of the two racks being configured to accommodate a plurality of boxes, and a drive arm that is disposed at a position between the two racks and that moves each of the boxes in and out of each of the racks. The transport vehicle moves each of the boxes in and out of each of the two racks by changing an orientation of the drive arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi
  • Patent number: 11987446
    Abstract: An opening-closing control device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure is a device that controls opening and closing of a plurality of doors of an accommodating portion when a robot executes a task of loading or unloading an object to and from the accommodating portion. The opening-closing control device includes a door opening information acquisition unit that acquires information indicating a door to be opened in order to execute the task; and a control unit that controls, based the on the information indicating the door to be opened in order to execute the task, a lock unit that is arranged corresponding to each of the plurality of doors and that is configured to restrict a door other than the door to be opened in order to execute the task in a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Itozawa, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi, Yoshiaki Nakamoto, Junya Ota
  • Publication number: 20240150126
    Abstract: A physical distribution system includes: a creation unit configured to create a layout for storage of objects to be sorted in a storage container; an output unit configured to output the created layout; a notification unit configured to transmit, when there is, in the storage container, an object that cannot be picked up, a notice for requesting a person to take out that object to a terminal apparatus; and a pickup control unit configured to control the pickup unit so that it picks up an object that has been put in the storage container, and move the object to a sorting destination in accordance with the object, in which the creation unit creates the layout in which that only objects that are registered in advance as those that cannot be picked up are collectively stored in a predetermined storage area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2023
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takatoshi MORIMITSU, Junya OTA, Yutaro TAKAGI, Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Uori KOIKE
  • Publication number: 20240149436
    Abstract: In a conveyance system, an object is conveyed by use of a conveyance robot. The conveyance robot includes: an arm including a shaft portion extensible and retractable in an axial direction of the shaft portion, and a protruding portion extending from the shaft portion in a direction different from the axial direction so as to be engaged with a groove formed on the object; a drive mechanism configured to rotate the arm around the axial direction as a rotating axis; and a detecting portion configured to detect an abnormality in the rotation angle of the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2024
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Inventors: Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Yuta ITOZAWA, Hirotaka KOMURA, Yutaro TAKAGI
  • Patent number: 11972394
    Abstract: A shelf inventory management system includes: a shelf installed in a house; a sensor that detects that an article is taken out from the shelf; a management unit that manages an inventory status of the article stored in the shelf, based on a detection result of the sensor; and a terminal for notifying a user of information related to the article stored in the shelf. The management unit stores, for each user, a taken out amount of each health-related product a consumption amount of which affects health, of the article stored in the shelf, and is able to output the taken out amount of each health-related product to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Nakamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi, Junya Ota, Kunihiro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 11971718
    Abstract: A control system, a control method, and a program capable of lowering difficulty of a user's work on an autonomous mobile robot having a placement part are provided. A control system for controlling an autonomous mobile robot including a placement part on which a load is placed includes a user recognition unit configured to recognize a user of the placement part, a feature information acquisition unit configured to acquire feature information of the recognized user, and an operation control unit configured to control a height of the placement part based on the feature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura
  • Patent number: 11969887
    Abstract: The traveling unit main body and the accommodation unit are adapted to be uncoupled and re-coupled. The traveling unit main body includes a first driving unit and a second driving unit configured to perform at least one of operations of taking out or storing the article from or in the accommodation unit and transporting the article taken out from the accommodation unit. The traveling unit main body performs at least one of the operations of taking out, storing, and transporting the article using the first driving unit and the second driving unit in a state in which the traveling unit main body and the accommodation unit are uncoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Otsuki, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi
  • Publication number: 20240131686
    Abstract: A robot system and a method for driving a robot capable of moving the position of the center of gravity of the robot while minimizing the increase in the footprint thereof are provided. A robot system according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a robot. The robot includes a movable moving part, an upper body part disposed above the moving part, and a driving mechanism for tilting the upper body part and moving a lower end of the upper body part in a direction in which the upper body part is tilted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2023
    Publication date: April 25, 2024
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta ITOZAWA, Hirotaka KOMURA, Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Yutaro TAKAGI
  • Patent number: 11966874
    Abstract: A logistics system provides a logistics service utilizing a logistics robot that delivers a package by autonomous traveling. The logistics system includes one or more processors configured to execute a delivery route determination process that determines a delivery route along which the logistics robot delivers the package. When there are a plurality of delivery route candidates from a position of the logistics robot to a delivery destination of the package, the one or more processors select the delivery route from the plurality of delivery route candidates based on at least one of a congestion degree of each of the plurality of delivery route candidates, a time of day, a weather condition, and energy consumption of the logistics robot along each of the plurality of delivery route candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Otsuki, Haeyeon Lee, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Kota Oishi
  • Publication number: 20240124228
    Abstract: A conveyance system, a conveyance method, and a program that are capable of preventing an article stored in a shelf from falling are provided. A conveyance system according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes: a shelf provided with a guide rail extending in a vertical direction; a mounting table that is engageable with the guide rail; a lifting part configured to lift the mounting table up and down; an engagement detection sensor configured to detect engagement between the guide rail and the mounting table; and a safety control unit configured to stop an operation of the lifting part when a first condition including that the guide rail is not engaged with the mounting table is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotaka KOMURA, Yuta ITOZAWA, Takatoshi MORIMITSU, Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Uori KOIKE
  • Patent number: 11958195
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure relates to a detection system used in a case where a transport robot transports a package in a state where the package in which an opening portion of a container is closed by a lid is placed on a placing portion of the transport robot. The detection system is configured to detect that the lid is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yutaro Takagi, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yoshiaki Nakamoto, Junya Ota
  • Publication number: 20240116711
    Abstract: A sorting system, a sorting method, and a program that can reduce the time required for sorting items using a shelf are achieved. A sorting system according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a shelf in which a plurality of boxes are contained in a plurality of tiers, transfer means for putting each box in or taking it out of the shelf, and a sorting robot attached to the shelf configured to put an item in or take it out of each box. The transfer means pulls the box contained in an upper tier halfway out and the sorting robot puts in or takes the item out of each of the box contained in the upper tier and the box contained in the lower tier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2023
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yutaro TAKAGI, Junya OTA, Takatoshi MORIMITSU, Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Uori KOIKE
  • Patent number: 11953900
    Abstract: A service management device manages a service delivered in a predetermined area. The service management device has an operator interface including a display that displays information for an operator and receiving an input from the operator. The service management device communicates with an autonomous robot used for delivering the service in the predetermined area to acquire, from the autonomous robot, service robot information indicating at least a position and a status of the autonomous robot. The service management device displays a map of the predetermined area and the position of the autonomous robot on the display, based on the service robot information. When the autonomous robot displayed on the display is specified by the operator through the operator interface, the service management device displays a status window indicating the status of the autonomous robot specified by the operator on the display, based on the service robot information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Otsuki, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Haeyeon Lee, Wataru Kaku, Kota Oishi
  • Patent number: 11952029
    Abstract: A rack includes: a casing; M pairs of supports that are provided inside the casing so as to extend in a depth direction and arrayed at regular intervals in a predetermined direction; and a lock mechanism. The rack can house all returnable containers of one or more prespecified sizes along the respective pairs of supports. The M pairs of supports are arrayed in N rows in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction. The lock mechanism is configured such that moving first and second shafts that are provided for the respective rows and for the respective tiers, respectively, so as to be movable in the predetermined direction can switch between engagement and disengagement between branches of the first and second shafts and first and second holes, respectively, of the returnable containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi, Yoshiaki Nakamoto, Junya Ota
  • Patent number: 11946290
    Abstract: A rack includes: a casing; M (an integer not less than three) pairs of supports that are provided inside the casing so as to extend in a depth direction and arrayed at regular intervals in a predetermined direction (a height direction or a left-right direction); and a lock mechanism. The rack can house all returnable containers of one or more prespecified sizes along the respective pairs of supports. The lock mechanism includes N (an integer not less than two and meeting N<M?2N?1) shafts that are movable in the predetermined direction. Branches are provided on the shafts such that a combination of engagement and disengagement between the branches and holes provided in protrusions of the returnable container is different in each of the returnable containers housed on the respective M pairs of supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi, Yoshiaki Nakamoto, Junya Ota
  • Patent number: 11932261
    Abstract: A delivery system includes an autonomously-moving-type delivery vehicle configured to deliver an article to a delivery destination thereof, and a transportation vehicle configured to carry and transport the delivery vehicle. A control unit configured to control an operation of the delivery vehicle acquires information about an acceleration of the transportation vehicle from the transportation vehicle, and controls the operation of the delivery vehicle based on the information about the acceleration so that a displacement that is predicted to occur in the delivery vehicle due to the acceleration of the transportation vehicle is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Iwamoto, Hirotaka Komura, Yuta Itozawa