Having Only Two Wheels Patents (Class 180/218)
  • Patent number: 10993871
    Abstract: A walking support robot of the present disclosure is a walking support robot that moves in accordance with a handle force while supporting walking of a user. The walking support robot includes a body, a handle that is on the body and is held by the user, a sensor that senses a force applied to the handle, and a moving device that includes a rotating member and moves the walking support robot by controlling rotation of the rotating member in accordance with the force sensed by the sensor. The walking support robot estimates a leg position of the user on a basis of a change of the force sensed by the sensor, and sets a load to be applied to the user on a basis of the leg position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mayu Watabe, Kazunori Yamada, Yoji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10981617
    Abstract: Provided is an inverted pendulum type vehicle. A controller (20) includes a reference desired motion determiner (211), which sequentially determines a reference desired motion of a traveling motion unit (3) so as to stabilize the attitude of an object mounting unit (5), high-frequency idling state amount calculators (214), (42a) and (42b), which calculate the high-frequency idling state amount of the traveling motion unit (3), and a desired motion corrector (42g), which corrects the reference desired motion by a correction amount determined on the basis of the high-frequency idling state amount to reduce a high-frequency component of idling. The controller (20) controls an actuator unit (8) according to the desired motion obtained by correcting the reference desired motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Murakami, Kazumasa Ozaki, Tomohiro Kawakami, Kazushi Akimoto
  • Patent number: 10913509
    Abstract: An independent suspension self-balancing electric vehicle comprising a main frame, two wheel assemblies, suspension assemblies, a shock absorber device and a power control module, therein two wheel assemblies are respectively defined on both sides of the main frame, the wheel assemblies are connected to the main frame by the suspension assemblies, the shock absorber device is respectively connected to the main frame and the suspension assemblies, and the power control module is configured to drive wheels to rotate and control the independent suspension self-balancing electric vehicle to steer; the number of the suspension assemblies are two, each of the wheel assemblies are connected to the main frame by one suspension assembly, and the each of the wheel assemblies individually jumps while the independent suspension self-balancing electric vehicle is driven on an undulating road surface and a stair step to obtain well passivity and shock absorbing performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shenzhen Future Dog Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zefeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10828973
    Abstract: A two wheeled robot with a pair of motorized wheels mounted on each end of a body and a rearwardly extending tail. The body comprising a chassis with sides and exterior side surfaces and providing an accessory mounting interface. The interface having a matrixical arrangement of threaded holes and one or more landings, the landings having an outwardly facing planar landing surface with hole openings at the landing surface. An accessory with a robot mounting interface cooperates with the chassis at the accessory mounting interface such that prior to fastening the accessory has a single degree of freedom of movement. Screws extend through portions of the accessory into select ones of the threaded holes of the matrixical arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ReconRobtics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex J. Kossett, Andrew Drenner, Luke William Bromback
  • Patent number: 10604205
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle frame, a steering swivel unit supported on a head pipe of the vehicle frame and angularly movable about a steering axis, a steering handle mounted on the steering swivel unit, and a cover assembly covering the steering swivel unit from above, wherein the cover assembly includes a fixed cover fixed to a vehicle body and a movable cover covering an upper opening defined in the fixed cover, and the movable cover is angularly movable in unison with the steering handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masamoto Ito
  • Patent number: 10526029
    Abstract: A two wheeled robot with a pair of motorized wheels mounted on each end of a body and a rearwardly extending tail. The body comprising a chassis with sides and exterior side surfaces and providing an accessory mounting interface. The interface having a matrixical arrangement of threaded holes and one or more landings, the landings having an outwardly facing planar landing surface with hole openings at the landing surface. An accessory with a robot mounting interface cooperates with the chassis at the accessory mounting interface such that prior to fastening the accessory has a single degree of freedom of movement. Screws extend through portions of the accessory into select ones of the threaded holes of the matrixical arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ReconRobotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex J. Kossett, Andrew Drenner
  • Patent number: 10518834
    Abstract: A method for controlling a self-balancing vehicle, includes: acquiring a state of a parameter input from a user through a pedal of the self-balancing vehicle; and when the state of the parameter indicates that a change has occurred in the parameter, controlling operation of the self-balancing vehicle according to the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaolin Ha, Xing Yong, Xiaotong Zhang, Shangquan Lin
  • Patent number: 10414456
    Abstract: A two-wheel dynamic balance vehicle comprises two wheels, a vehicle body, a middle cabin, a steering mechanism, and a control rod. The vehicle body is disposed on the two wheels. A pedal is disposed on the vehicle body. The middle cabin is disposed right above the pedal. The middle cabin comprises a housing. A display device is disposed on the housing, so as to make human-machine interaction information visible to an operator standing on the pedal. The steering mechanism comprises a steering shaft and a sensor. The control rod is connected to the steering shaft at the rear end of the vehicle body and extends from the rear end of the vehicle body to a position suitable for leg control of the operator. The control rod is rotated under the control of the operator, so as to drive the steering shaft to rotate to control steering of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NINEBOT (BEIJING) TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Zhenyuan Zhang, Xudong Jiang, Lei Liu, Ye Wang, Zhongyuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10406911
    Abstract: A golf car includes an engine and a shroud that covers a cylinder body. The shroud communicates with a muffler cover, which covers a muffler. A silencer is provided at an outlet of the muffler. An elastic exhaust duct is connected to an exit end portion of the muffler cover. An undercover is located lower than the engine, and defines an underside of an engine room. The undercover includes an opening at a more rearward position than the muffler in a side view. The exhaust duct is routed above the undercover, includes a rearward end portion at the opening, and is fitted to the opening. Holders hold sound absorbing members on an inner circumferential surface of the exhaust duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA MOTOR POWER PRODUCTS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuya Oba, Makoto Yoshikawa, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10322766
    Abstract: A self-balancing transportation device having improved shock absorbing ability and operation. Several embodiments are disclosed including a single wheel or wheel structure device with foot platforms disposed for angular movement about an axis of rotation that is non-collinear with the axis of rotation of the drive wheel. Single and multiple wheel devices are disclosed as well as devices having independently movable foot platforms, and devices having load platforms that rotate independently and are movable longitudinally with respect to one another, among other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Shane Chen
  • Patent number: 10322763
    Abstract: A head lamp device of a straddle-type vehicle, comprises at least one lamp unit including at least one light source and a plurality of emission ports through which light emitted from the light source is output; and a cover member including a transmission section which transmits in a forward direction of a vehicle body, the light output through the plurality of emission ports, and covering a front portion of the lamp unit, wherein the transmission section includes a first surface, and a second surface bent with respect to the first surface, and an edge is provided on a ridge line formed by the first surface and the second surface, and wherein the edge extends through a gap formed between two adjacent emission ports of the plurality of emission ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaoru Kouchi, Toru Sato
  • Patent number: 10315721
    Abstract: A differential control apparatus for a self-balancing scooter includes platform interfaces, such as clamping mechanisms, configured to be rigidly connected to respective foot platforms of the self-balancing scooter, and a differential drive coupler mechanically joined to the platform interfaces to impart differential rotational motion thereto in response to a mechanical control input. A rider interface control mechanism is connected to the differential drive coupler to supply the mechanical control input in response to user control actions to control movement of the self-balancing scooter in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HoverHandle, LLC
    Inventors: Edward George Acciardi, David Peter Cordella, Andrew Michael Agbay, Albert J. Agbay, Bruce A. Horwitz
  • Patent number: 10307659
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for carrying a user including a board for supporting the user, a ground-contacting member coupled with the board, a motorized drive assembly coupled with the ground-contacting member and one or more sensors coupled with the drive assembly. In operation, the drive assembly adjusts the velocity of the ground-contacting member based on one or more distances of the board from a surface below the board as detected by the sensors. As a result, the system is able to maintain a desired velocity when ascending, descending or traversing uneven ground without the need for excessive and sometimes impossible tilting of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: EQUALIA LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Bigler
  • Patent number: 10167038
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-balancing scooter with a foldable foothold for an additional rider. The self-balancing scooter includes: a housing; a controller mounted inside the housing for controlling running and direction change; motors respectively mounted at both sides of the housing; wheels respectively mounted on shafts of the motors; a battery mounted on the bottom surface of the housing; a riding board mounted on the upper part of the housing to allow a main rider to put feet; a foldable foothold attached to the side wall of the riding board to allow an additional rider to put feet; casters mounted at one side of the foldable foothold; a fitting hole formed at the other side of the foldable foothold; and a bracket assembled to the fitting hole through a rotary shaft and attached to the side wall of the riding board, the bracket having assembly holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROBO3 CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Joon-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10167036
    Abstract: An electric balance vehicle including a top cover, a bottom cover, an inner cover, a rotating mechanism, two wheels, two hub motors, a plurality of sensors, a power supply, and a controller is described herein. The bottom cover is fixed to the top cover. The inner cover is fixed between the top cover and the bottom cover. The two wheels are rotatably fixed at two sides of the inner cover, respectively. The two hub motors are fixed in the two wheels, respectively. The plurality of sensors is disposed between the bottom cover and the inner cover, respectively. The power supply is fixed between the first bottom cover and the first inner cover. The controller is fixed between the second bottom cover and the second inner cover, the controller is electrically connected with the plurality of sensors, the power supply, and the hub motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLECTUAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiawei Ying
  • Patent number: 10155412
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention implement flexible members that include integrated tools made from metallic glass-based materials. In one embodiment, a structure includes: a flexible member characterized by an elongated geometry and an integrated tool disposed at one end of the elongated geometry; where the flexible member includes a metallic glass-based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Aaron Parness, Kalind C. Carpenter, Douglas C. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10046796
    Abstract: A travelling apparatus including a controller that adds, when receiving a turning instruction, a first correction amount calculated based on rider's centroid information to a first rotation amount of a first driving wheel calculated based on the turning instruction to rotationally drive the first driving wheel and adds a second correction amount calculated based on rider's centroid information to a second rotation amount of a second driving wheel calculated based on the turning instruction to rotationally drive the second driving wheel is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Susumu Oikawa
  • Patent number: 10040503
    Abstract: Foot placement sensor and self-balancing vehicles having same. The foot placement sensor may be configured in or with a self-balancing transportation device that has a least a first foot platform. The sensor may include an emitter of electromagnetic radiation (or other suitable signal) that is propagated, at least in part, over a portion of the foot platform and a receptor positioned to receive this emission. Interruption of the emitted radiation at the receptor may indicate the presence of a user's foot at the platform. One suitable emission type is infrared light, among other suitable types. Various embodiments are disclosed including in two-wheel, one-wheel and paired-wheel self-balancing vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Shane Chen
  • Patent number: 10023259
    Abstract: An accessory for a self-balancing board is provided. The self-balancing board comprises a foot-deck having two lateral foot-deck ends. Each lateral foot-deck end is coupled to a motor that drives a wheel in response to an orientation of the lateral foot-deck end relative to a horizontal plane. The accessory includes a chassis, at least one travel surface-contacting element coupled proximal to a first longitudinal end of the chassis to facilitate travel of the chassis over a travel surface, and a seat coupled to the chassis and configured to support a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HOVERPOWERED, LLC
    Inventor: Tyler Kroymann
  • Patent number: 9849047
    Abstract: The present disclosure may relate to a wheelchair that includes a first centerless wheel assembly including a drive roller guide assembly and three other roller guides, and a first drive mechanism coupled to the first drive roller guide assembly to drive the first centerless wheel assembly. The wheelchair may also include a second centerless wheel assembly including a drive roller guide assembly and three additional roller guides, and a second drive mechanism coupled to the second drive roller guide assembly to drive the second centerless wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ORBIS WHEELS, INC.
    Inventors: Marcus G. Hays, Scott Streeter, Gary Leo, Richard Rice, Benjamin Lorimore
  • Patent number: 9789924
    Abstract: An accessory for a self-balancing board is provided. The self-balancing board comprises a foot-deck having two lateral foot-deck ends. Each lateral foot-deck end is coupled to a motor that drives a wheel in response to an orientation of the lateral foot-deck end relative to a horizontal plane. The foot-deck has at least one sensor that is triggered when a rider is in a riding position thereon. The accessory includes a chassis, at least one travel surface-contacting element coupled proximal to a first longitudinal end of the chassis to facilitate travel of the chassis over a travel surface, and a seat coupled to the chassis and configured to support the rider. The accessory further includes an engagement structure that releasably engages the self-balancing board and fails to trigger the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: YVOLVE SPORTS LTD.
    Inventors: Tyler Kroymann, Colm Marum, Wayne Walsh
  • Patent number: 9745004
    Abstract: An inverted vehicle and control method thereof are provided. The inverted vehicle may include a main body having two wheels rotatably supported by the main body and driven by a driver. A load distribution detector may detect a distribution of load received by the main body due to the rider's weight. A computer may compute a center position of the load's distribution. The inverted vehicle may also include an operating bar supported by the main body and operated so as to be inclined by the rider. A posture detector may be used to detect a posture of the operating bar. The inverted vehicle may further include a central processing unit that sets a target travel velocity on the basis of the center position and the posture of the operating bar. Furthermore, a drive controller may control the driver on the basis of the target travel velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Mori, Kouta Oishi, Hiroyuki Asai
  • Patent number: 9731760
    Abstract: A traveling vehicle includes: a traveling machine body supported by a pair of left and right driving wheels; a pair of left motor and the right motor configured to independently drive the driving wheels; a riding part disposed behind the traveling machine body and connected to the traveling machine body, and configured to enable riding of a worker; a handle connected to the traveling machine body so as to be swingable left and right with respect to the traveling machine body; a plurality of load sensors for detecting a forward and backward weight shift of the worker who is riding on the riding part; a rotation angle sensor for detecting a leftward and rightward swinging operation amount of the handle; and a controller for controlling operation of the left and right motors based on detection values by the plurality of load sensors and the rotation angle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ito, Kazuo Koike, Yoshikazu Togoshi
  • Patent number: 9504909
    Abstract: Apparatuses for motion capture are disclosed that includes a surface configured to support an object; and at least one sensor arranged with the surface, wherein the at least one sensor is configured to obtain at least one of ranging or inertial information for use in estimating a motion of the surface with respect to the object. A method for motion capture is also disclosed that includes providing a surface configured to support an object; and obtaining at least one of ranging or inertial information for use in estimating a motion of the surface with respect to the object via at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Anthony G. Persaud, Adrian J. Prentice, George Joseph, Mark R. Storch
  • Patent number: 9499228
    Abstract: A self-balancing vehicle frame includes two side frame units and a bearing unit interconnecting the side frame units such that each of the side frame units can tilt independently against the other of the side frame units. Each of side frames is mounted with a wheel, a driver, and a self-balancing electric system integrated with a pedal and handle. Through operation of hands and feet, each of the side frame units is operable to tilt the corresponding components forwardly and rearwardly. As such, a user can operate the vehicle using hands and/or feet to control travelling and turning of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Fu-Long Chang
  • Patent number: 9499226
    Abstract: An exhaust pipe side covering has a rear portion supported by a muffler or an exhaust pipe of an exhaust device and also has a front portion supported by a motorcycle body through a bracket, thereby covering the exhaust pipe from outside. A projecting piece projecting inwardly of a motorcycle widthwise direction is formed in an inner side surface of a front portion of a main body of the exhaust pipe side covering and a screw insertion hole is formed in the vicinity of a projecting piece in the main body. The bracket is formed with a plug-in hole, with which the projecting piece is engaged by plugging in, and a threaded hole. A mounting screw member is engaged in the threaded hole through the screw insertion hole. The section of the projecting piece transverse to a projecting direction thereof is of an elongated shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Senda
  • Patent number: 9493180
    Abstract: A traveling vehicle includes: a traveling machine body supported by a pair of left and right driving wheels; a pair of left motor and the right motor configured to independently drive the driving wheels; a riding part disposed behind the traveling machine body and connected to the traveling machine body, and configured to enable riding of a worker; a handle connected to the traveling machine body so as to be swingable left and right with respect to the traveling machine body; a plurality of load sensors for detecting a forward and backward weight shift of the worker who is riding on the riding part; a rotation angle sensor for detecting a leftward and rightward swinging operation amount of the handle; and a controller for controlling operation of the left and right motors based on detection values by the plurality of load sensors and the rotation angle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ito, Kazuo Koike, Yoshikazu Togoshi
  • Patent number: 9423795
    Abstract: An inverted pendulum type vehicle configured to enable a user to control the vehicle by selecting a single control mode, even while other control modes are not selected. One control mode out of plural control modes of the vehicle is selected based on a detection result of an inclination state of an occupant riding section by an inclination sensor that is a fundamental constituent of the vehicle. Motion of a first actuator device and a second actuator device is controlled according to the one control mode selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Araki, Makoto Hasegawa, Shinya Shirokura
  • Patent number: 9403573
    Abstract: An improvement to a hover board provides additional support and balance to an operator of the hover board. The improvement converts a two wheeled hover board, having no structure for an operator to hold onto with the operator's hands, into a three wheeled vehicle with a handle to which an operator may hold onto. A platform member couples to the hover board, while still allowing the hover board controls to function. A handle member extends upwardly from the platform member as a handle. A third wheel depends from the underside of the platform member, where the third wheel provides additional stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Angelo L. Mazzei, Javier Bustamante
  • Patent number: 9381967
    Abstract: An inverted vehicle comprises a first sensor that detects an angular speed around an axis inclined from a pitch axis by a first predetermined angle, a second sensor that detects an angular speed around an axis inclined from the pitch axis by a second predetermined angle, a third sensor that detects an angular speed around the pitch axis, an acceleration detection unit that detects accelerations along the axes, and a control unit that performs the inversion control based on the detected angular speeds. A control unit puts a specific safety function in motion based on a mutual relation among a first angular speed around the pitch axis calculated based on the angular speeds detected by the first and second sensors, a second angular speed around the pitch axis detected by the third sensor, and a third angular speed around the pitch axis calculated based on the detected accelerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Nakayama, Yusuke Kida, Tetsuya Taira, Hiroshi Bitoh
  • Patent number: 9149399
    Abstract: A stair climbing vehicle that is able to stably climb stairs is provided. In order to keep the balance of the stair climbing vehicle at the time of climbing the stairs, the ratio between a gravity center moving control gain for the stair climbing vehicle and a turning control gain for first wheels and second wheels is changed by controlling the rotation of a first motor of each first turning actuator. Thus, it is possible to slightly turn the first wheels and the second wheels based on the posture of an occupant seated on the stair climbing vehicle when the occupant climbs the stairs with the stair climbing vehicle, thereby preventing the posture of the occupant from being unstable. Thus, the stair climbing vehicle is able to stably climb the stairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Segawa, Motoki Shino
  • Publication number: 20150114741
    Abstract: An inverted pendulum control type moving body includes: a first driving portion capable of driving in all directions on a movement plane; a frame portion rotatably supporting the first driving portion; a second driving portion rotatable about the rotation center of the first driving portion via a link portion; a first restriction portion restricting rotation of the link portion in a first direction about the rotation center; a second restriction portion restricting rotation of the link portion in a second direction about the rotation center; and a supporting portion supporting the frame portion in an uncontrolled state. An operation portion operates: a first operation which separates the supporting portion from the movement plane and increases a distance between the first and second restriction portions; and a second operation which brings the supporting portion into contact with the movement plane and reduces the distance between the first and second restriction portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Shinji KAWATANI, Hiroshi IWAKAMI, Makoto HASEGAWA
  • Patent number: 9010793
    Abstract: An adapter kit for motorcycles, particularly touring motorcycles moves the operator's foot pad forwardly and downwardly to increase the included angle between the upper leg and lower leg at the knee, as well as the angle at the ankle for operating the respective brake and shift controls. The kit includes adapter brackets to move the foot pads forwardly and downwardly relative to the position of the footpad as originally assembled. The kit also includes modified linkages to maintain a correct relationship between the respective control levers and the footpads. The linkage for the shift lever is modified to provide a pivot to accommodate the change in location, and yet maintain easily operated shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Trike Shop, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Lindholm, Michael P. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9010474
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-balancing human transporter comprising a platform (1) flanked by two wheels (10) and equipped with a holding and driving stick (7) and a gyroscopic stabilization device acting on motors (14) that drive the wheels, each of the wheels comprising a rim (12) which collaborates with bearings (7) borne by respective crescent-shaped mounts (5) each of which extends essentially facing the associated rim and which support the associated drive motor so that this motor drives the corresponding wheel by acting on the rim, the mounts being fixed to the sides of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Universite Paris-SUD 11
    Inventors: Pascal Marie Christian Yves Martinelli, Alexis Louis Williams, Olivier François Larive, Nicolas René Coibion
  • Patent number: 8991533
    Abstract: An air cleaner device includes an air cleaner case having a case main unit and a cover. An intake duct is disposed on the cover, and an intake path is disposed on the case main unit. An air cleaner element is formed in a position biased on a side of the cover relative to fastening surfaces of the case main unit and the cover. The cover and the air cleaner element are integrally removable relative to the case main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Abe, Takaaki Shomura, Hidetoshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8978791
    Abstract: A vehicle forming a self-balancing human transporter, or “gyropode”, including a photovoltaic module to charge a battery electrically or to partially power an electric motor electrically from solar energy. The photovoltaic module includes a first portion which is fixed and extends along a standing and driving handle, and a second portion which is retractable between an extreme retracted position in which it allows the gyropode to be moved, and an extreme deployed position in which it acts as a stand for holding the gyropode when stopped with a determined inclination enabling optimum efficiency of the photovoltaic module to be obtained relative to a position of the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Duy Long Ha, Olivier Wiss
  • Patent number: 8978807
    Abstract: A terrain traversing device is described. The device includes an annular rotor element with a plurality of co-planar microspine hooks arranged on the periphery of the annular rotor element. Each microspine hook has an independently flexible suspension configuration that permits the microspine hook to initially engage an irregularity in a terrain surface at a preset initial engagement angle and subsequently engage the irregularity with a continuously varying engagement angle when the annular rotor element is rotated for urging the terrain traversing device to traverse a terrain surface. Improvements related to the design, fabrication and use of the microspine hooks in the device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Aaron Parness, Kalind C. Carpenter, Nicholas Wiltsie
  • Patent number: 8967303
    Abstract: A displaceable system is provided including at least one set of at least two wheels arranged in pairs for movement in a plane, the set being disposed on at least one wheel axle parallel to the plane. A single electric drive motor, a differential having variable torque distribution, and an electric servomotor are provided on the wheel axle for both wheels of a set. The electrical servomotor acts on the differential such that the torque generated by the single electric drive motor is distributed within the wheel axle individually to the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tomas Smetana, Raphael Fischer, Bernd Gombert
  • Publication number: 20150008060
    Abstract: A single-axle tractor for moving trailers and wheeled cargo. The single-axle tractor of the present disclosure provides a compact, efficient, reliable, cost-effective means of moving cargo from one place to another using torque generated by an on-board motor. The tractor includes a structure to provide rigidity to a tractor-trailer combination while providing reasonable roll compliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Lyon
  • Patent number: 8925657
    Abstract: A transporter for transporting a load over a surface. The transporter includes a support platform for supporting the load. The support platform is characterized by a fore-aft axis, a lateral axis, and an orientation with respect to the surface, the orientation referred to as an attitude. At least one ground-contacting element is flexibly coupled to the support platform in such a manner that the attitude of the support platform is capable of variation. One or more ground-contacting elements are driven by a motorized drive arrangement. A sensor module generates a signal characterizing the attitude of the support platform. Based on the attitude, a controller commands the motorized drive arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Richard Kurt Heinzmann, Robert R. Ambrogi
  • Patent number: 8905490
    Abstract: A wheel assembly and a wheel are suitable for use with a mobile platform. The wheel assembly comprising a first wheel and a second wheel, each wheel comprising a hub having a central axis of rotation, and at least two wheel lobes coupled to the hub, the wheel lobes extending radially from the hub and spaced around the central axis of the hub, where the first wheel is rotatably mounted to the second wheel on a common axis, and a control mechanism rotates the first wheel with respect to the second wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Robosynthesis Limited
    Inventor: Philip Norman
  • Patent number: 8907257
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a contactlessly chargeable heater. In one example, the contactlessly chargeable heater includes: an induction patch emitting magnetic field by means of current applied to an inner coil; and a heating body, receiving the magnetic field from the charging patch to perform a contactless charging operation, and including a conductive metal yarn for emitting heat via the power generated through the contactless charging operation. The conductive metal yarn is woven together using threads within the heating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventor: Gi Soo Chung
  • Patent number: 8886426
    Abstract: A power-assisted bicycle includes a bicycle body with a power assistance provider and a derailleur, a microcomputer, a gear-shift control driver, and sensors. When the microcomputer decides to perform gear shifting, it controls the power assistance provider to provide an assistant power output and the gear-shift control driver to drive the derailleur to shift gears properly subject to a before-shifting time period, an in-shifting time period and an after-shifting time period. Further, the microcomputer controls the power assistance provider to change the current assistant power to a predetermined low assistant power during the before-shifting time period, or to maintain the predetermined low assistant power during the in-shifting time period, or to change the assistant power output to a level higher than the current assistant power and then to return to the said current assistant power after the end of the after-shifting time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: J.D. Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Chang Cheng
  • Patent number: 8874338
    Abstract: A method for electronically controlling a bicycle gearshift and a bicycle electronic system, wherein when a gearshifting request is transmitted from an electronic control unit to a driving unit, the driving unit associates a wait for a waiting time therewith. In the case of a multiple gearshifting, the waiting time allows a chain to mesh securely with a toothed wheel. By providing for the wait to be carried out in a driving unit of a derailleur, the computing capability of an electronic control unit is not affected by the management of the wait, and the electronic control unit is free to carry out other functions, for example the management of errors of the electronic system, communication with a display unit or various sensors of the electronic system, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Federico Miglioranza
  • Patent number: 8874319
    Abstract: An inverted pendulum type vehicle with a tiltable rider mounting section has a first travel operation unit and a second travel operation unit, which are disposed with an interval provided therebetween in the longitudinal direction and which are capable of traveling in all directions. In a situation wherein a predetermined representative point of the vehicle or the first travel operation unit is to be moved rightward or leftward, the traveling operations of the first travel operation unit and the second travel operation unit are controlled such that the travel velocity of the first travel operation unit and the travel velocity of the second travel operation unit in the lateral direction are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Shinya Shirokura, Hideo Murakami, Makoto Araki
  • Publication number: 20140291049
    Abstract: A motorized vehicle for a rider standing with one foot in front of the other, having at least one front wheel and at least one rear wheel. Load sensing means for sensing the amount of weight on each of the rider's feet are attached to or incorporated into the surfaces upon which the rider stands. An electronic control system detects when the distribution of weight between the rider's front and rear feet deviates from a certain ratio, and directs the motor to accelerate or decelerate in order to correct the change and restore the desired weight ratio. In this way the rider can control the speed of the vehicle by shifting her weight forward or backward. The front wheel is steerable by the rider's front foot. Leg contact surfaces facilitate stability as well as precision and control. Another control method is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Shane Chen
  • Publication number: 20140262579
    Abstract: A two-wheel movable platform, carrier, or base having canted wheels is disclosed. In one embodiment, the two-wheel movable platform, carrier, or base includes adjustable canted wheels in which the angle of the canted wheels is adjustable. In this embodiment, the two-wheel movable platform, carrier, or base includes a pair of wheel assemblies mechanically coupled to a battery housing. Each of the wheel assemblies includes, for example, a mounting plate, a drive motor arranged in a motor housing, a canted wheel that is driven by the drive motor, and an angle-adjusting motor for adjusting the angle of the canted wheel. In another embodiment, the two-wheel movable platform, carrier, or base includes canted wheels that are set at a fixed angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: OPOBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Colin Parker, Vikram B. Shah
  • Publication number: 20140262580
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle includes a frame having a front frame portion, a mid-frame portion, and a rear frame portion. The mid-frame portion is coupled to the rear frame portion and the front frame portion. The vehicle further includes a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame. The front frame portion is removably coupled to the mid-frame portion with a plurality of frame members extending between the front frame portion and the mid-frame portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: David L. Bagnariol
  • Publication number: 20140251710
    Abstract: A suspension structure utilized in a driving assembly of a vehicle with a first suspension arm, a second suspension arm, a third suspension arm and a shock absorber component is provided. The first suspension arm has a first fixed end and a first swing end opposite to the first fixed end. The second suspension arm has a second fixed end and a second swing end opposite to the second fixed end. The third suspension arm has a front swing end and a rear swing end opposite to the front swing end. The shock absorber component is disposed between the first suspension arm and the second suspension arm, and has two ends pivotally connected to the first suspension arm and the second suspension arm respectively. The shock absorber component is adapted to absorb an impact force by deforming while the impact force generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: GOGORO INC.
    Inventor: Ching Juan
  • Publication number: 20140231164
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a power assisted wheelbarrow. The wheelbarrow includes a dumping pan and a frame assembly in contact with the dumping pan. The frame assembly includes handles, a dump brace, one or more dumping pan supports and a resting support. The wheelbarrow also includes an electrical control assembly positioned in proximity to the handles, a wheel assembly including an axel positioned transversely between two wheels, an electrical motor assembly positioned in contact with the axel and in electrical contact with the electrical control assembly, a power supply supported by the frame assembly in electrical contact with the electrical control assembly and electrical motor assembly. Wherein the dump brace includes a curvature of about ninety degrees such that when a user dumps the contents of the dumping pan, the dump brace rolls into contact with the ground and prevents the dumping pan from contacting the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Michel Sales Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. MICHEL, JR.