Patents by Inventor Paul M. Bosscher

Paul M. Bosscher 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).

  • Publication number: 20190344450
    Abstract: Robotic system includes a control system and a slave device which is controlled by the control system. The slave device has a robotic grasping device formed of a rigid base and at least one finger which is movable to facilitate grasping of objects. At least one sensor is provided which senses a force applied to the finger. A cutting tool having a cutting jaw is also attached to the base. The cutting jaw is arranged to pivot on a pivot axis responsive to a pivot motion of the finger. The forces exerted on the cutting jaw are sensed with the sensor during a first predetermined range of finger motion associated with a cutting mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer, Michael E. Bowman, Nicholas Murphy-DuBay, Loran J. Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20190322326
    Abstract: Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) includes a rotary joint having an axis of rotation. A rotary joint actuator is responsive to at least one control signal and is configured to cause a rotatable portion of the rotary joint to rotate relative to the vehicle chassis about the rotary joint axis of rotation. A stabilizer flipper having an elongated length is attached to the rotatable portion. Consequently, rotation of the rotatable portion about the rotary joint axis of rotation results in a change of orientation of the stabilizer flipper relative to the chassis. This change in orientation can range between a lateral direction and an longitudinal direction with respect to the vehicle chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher, Michael E. Bowman, Sean J. Irvin
  • Publication number: 20190316863
    Abstract: A recoil managed disruptor includes a disruptor device having a barrel from which a slug of material is fired. A piston is mechanically coupled to the disruptor device. A housing which supports the disruptor on a positioning device includes a deformable recoil absorber (DRA) constraint. The DRA constraint is configured to receive a sacrificial DRA structure comprised of a semi-rigid material. The piston is responsive to a recoil force produced when the disruptor device is fired to travel along an axial length of the housing and permanently deform the DRA structure within the DRA constraint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Michael E. Bowman, Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Patent number: 10240885
    Abstract: A shock absorbing disruptor mounting system for a robotic arm includes a rack comprised of a linear guide structure and a carriage which is configured to travel on the linear guide structure. The carriage is selectively movable between a retracted position and an extended position and includes a plurality of wheels along its length. Each of the wheels has a wheel axis of rotation which is transverse to the direction of the linear guide structure centerline to facilitate rotation of the wheels on at least a portion of the linear guide structure responsive to the travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Bowman, Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Publication number: 20190039856
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (1400) for operating a Spool Mechanism (“SM”). The methods comprise: transitioning an operational mode of SM from a first operational mode in which a drag torque is not settable to a second operational mode in which the drag torque is settable; selectively mechanically coupling a rewind motor to a spool (612) of SM by engaging a coupler (1014) in response to the SM's transition into the second operational mode; activating the rewind motor (610) such that the rewind motor applies a motor torque having a pre-defined value selected for facilitating a setting of the drag torque to an optimal value; mechanically gradually adjusting an amount of drag resistance applied to the spool by a drag mechanism (1012); and discontinuing the mechanical adjustment of the drag resistance when the spool's speed is within a threshold percentage range of a zero resistance speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher, Michael E. Bowman, William S. Bowman
  • Patent number: 10065313
    Abstract: Robotic manipulator arm has an end portion to which one or more end effector appliances can be operably mounted for performing one or more manipulator arm operations. A control system has access to a plurality of different end effector appliance parameter sets which are respectively associated with the plurality of different end effector appliances. A user interface facilitates identification to the control system of one or more of the different end effector appliances which are installed on the manipulator arm. The control system is responsive to the identification to modify a control algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer
  • Patent number: 10065690
    Abstract: A ground vehicle suspension system includes first and second rocker-bogie mechanisms which are respectively secured to a chassis on opposing sides of a central axis. Each rocker-bogie mechanism includes a main link on which a first and second bogie is respectively pivotally mounted. The first and second bogie each has opposing inner and outer bogie end portions. On each bogie, an inner wheel is disposed on an inner stub axle and an outer wheel is disposed on an outer stub axle. A continuous track is guided on the inner and outer wheels of the first bogie and second bogie. A resilient member extends between the first and second bogie and is attached at one end to the inner bogie end portion of the first bogie and at an opposing end to the inner bogie end portion of the second bogie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher, Nicholas Murphy-DuBay
  • Patent number: 10000188
    Abstract: An unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) includes a mast attached to a UGV body at a base end. The mast extends a predetermined distance to a mast head which can include a mast-head device. A flipper assembly includes at least one flipper arm which is rotatably mounted to the UGV body to help facilitate UGV stability and/or mobility. A flipper actuator causes the flipper arm to rotate about a flipper rotation axis. Movement of the mast between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration is selectively controlled by operation of the flipper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer
  • Publication number: 20180156562
    Abstract: A shock absorbing disruptor mounting system for a robotic arm includes a rack comprised of a linear guide structure and a carriage which is configured to travel on the linear guide structure. The carriage is selectively movable between a retracted position and an extended position and includes a plurality of wheels along its length. Each of the wheels has a wheel axis of rotation which is transverse to the direction of the linear guide structure centerline to facilitate rotation of the wheels on at least a portion of the linear guide structure responsive to the travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Michael E. Bowman, Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Publication number: 20180154521
    Abstract: Robotic manipulator arm has an end portion to which one or more end effector appliances can be operably mounted for performing one or more manipulator arm operations. A control system has access to a plurality of different end effector appliance parameter sets which are respectively associated with the plurality of different end effector appliances. A user interface facilitates identification to the control system of one or more of the different end effector appliances which are installed on the manipulator arm. The control system is responsive to the identification to modify a control algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer
  • Patent number: 9956701
    Abstract: Payload deployment system (400) comprises a payload deployment device (402) and a payload deployment structure (406) comprising a frame (102) having a first end, a second end, and a body extending from the first end toward the second end. The frame includes an aperture (106) located along a length of the body, wherein the aperture extends from a first surface of the frame to a second surface of the frame. A heating element (116) is located along a portion of an edge of the aperture, wherein the heating element is configured to be selectively electrically energized. The frame further includes a mounting portion (104) wherein the payload deployment structure is connected to the payload deployment device via the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Patent number: 9936133
    Abstract: A system for automatically controlling a gimbaled camera system of a vehicle. The system includes a camera positioned relative to a body of the vehicle and one or more sensors configured to sense the pointing direction of the camera. One or more sensors are configured to monitor movement of the vehicle relative to a surface. A processor is configured to receive the sensed camera pointing direction data and vehicle movement data. The processor establishes and stores a target position representative of the position of a target object relative to the vehicle body based on an object independent association and automatically adjusts the camera pointing direction in response to the vehicle movement data such that the camera remains aimed on the target position. A method for automatically controlling the gimbaled camera system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer, William S. Bowman, Jeffrey M. Pollard
  • Patent number: 9931235
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (600) for operating an exoskeleton disposed at least partially on a joint of a wearer's limb (118). The methods involve respectively aligning first apertures (310 or 312) of a first planar flexible element (304 or 306) of the exoskeleton with second apertures (310 or 312) of a second planar flexible element (304 or 306) of the exoskeleton. The first and second planar flexible elements abut each other. A toothed flexible element (302) is then caused to ratchetedly engage the first and second planar flexible elements by bending the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Publication number: 20180022324
    Abstract: An unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) includes a mast attached to a UGV body at a base end. The mast extends a predetermined distance to a mast head which can include a mast-head device. A flipper assembly includes at least one flipper arm which is rotatably mounted to the UGV body to help facilitate UGV stability and/or mobility. A flipper actuator causes the flipper arm to rotate about a flipper rotation axis. Movement of the mast between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration is selectively controlled by operation of the flipper assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer
  • Patent number: 9855855
    Abstract: A method for controlling the charging of a battery panel of a remote vehicle using regenerative power includes continuously monitoring a state of charge of each of a plurality of smart batteries included in a battery panel and detecting a regenerative current flow from a motor of a vehicle. The method also includes determining if a current charge status of a smart battery in the plurality of smart batteries is at a charge condition which is less than a threshold value associated with the smart battery and determining a plurality of optimal voltage differentials to be applied across each of the plurality of smart batteries. Each of the plurality of optimal voltage differentials is used to control a charging current supplied to a corresponding smart battery. The method further includes applying the determined plurality of optimal voltage differentials across each of the corresponding plurality of smart batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Cory, Loran J. Wilkinson, Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Publication number: 20170368956
    Abstract: A method for controlling the charging of a battery panel of a remote vehicle using regenerative power includes continuously monitoring a state of charge of each of a plurality of smart batteries included in a battery panel and detecting a regenerative current flow from a motor of a vehicle. The method also includes determining if a current charge status of a smart battery in the plurality of smart batteries is at a charge condition which is less than a threshold value associated with the smart battery and determining a plurality of optimal voltage differentials to be applied across each of the plurality of smart batteries. Each of the plurality of optimal voltage differentials is used to control a charging current supplied to a corresponding smart battery. The method further includes applying the determined plurality of optimal voltage differentials across each of the corresponding plurality of smart batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Mark A. Cory, Loran J. Wilkinson, Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Publication number: 20170320226
    Abstract: Payload deployment system (400) comprises a payload deployment device (402) and a payload deployment structure (406) comprising a frame (102) having a first end, a second end, and a body extending from the first end toward the second end. The frame includes an aperture (106) located along a length of the body, wherein the aperture extends from a first surface of the frame to a second surface of the frame. A heating element (116) is located along a portion of an edge of the aperture, wherein the heating element is configured to be selectively electrically energized. The frame further includes a mounting portion (104) wherein the payload deployment structure is connected to the payload deployment device via the mounting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Patent number: 9638497
    Abstract: A robot system (50) includes a control system (101) having a control interface grip (102). The robot system includes a macro robotic arm (54) and a micro robotic arm (60). The robot system is arranged such that the macro robotic arm will respond, in a first control system state, to movement of the control interface grip. In particular, the macro robotic arm will move in a plurality of directions responsive to corresponding movement of the interface grip. The micro robotic arm will respond, in a second control system state, to movement of the control interface grip. In particular, the micro robotic arm will move in a plurality of directions responsive to corresponding movement of the interface grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher, John B. Rust
  • Publication number: 20170050563
    Abstract: A system for automatically controlling a gimbaled camera system of a vehicle. The system includes a camera positioned relative to a body of the vehicle and one or more sensors configured to sense the pointing direction of the camera. One or more sensors are configured to monitor movement of the vehicle relative to a surface. A processor is configured to receive the sensed camera pointing direction data and vehicle movement data. The processor establishes and stores a target position representative of the position of a target object relative to the vehicle body based on an object independent association and automatically adjusts the camera pointing direction in response to the vehicle movement data such that the camera remains aimed on the target position. A method for automatically controlling the gimbaled camera system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer, William S. Bowman, Jeffrey M. Pollard
  • Publication number: 20170028556
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (1000) for removing a robotic device (100) from a space. The method comprises: periodically recording poses of a Movable Component (“MC”) as it travels through the space; recording connectivity of the poses; using the poses and connectivity to define paths of travel through a virtual multi-dimensional space of a map; analyzing the map to identify pairs of adjacent waypoint data points that are located distances from each other which are less than a threshold; generating an augmented map by adding new connections between waypoint data points of each said pair; selecting an optimal path of travel through a virtual multi-dimensional space of the augmented map from a current pose of MC (106) to a desired pose of MC; and commanding MC to perform a reverse behavior in which the optimal path is traversed in a first direction so as to remove the same from the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher