Robot Control Patents (Class 700/245)
  • Patent number: 11504844
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable maneuvering collaborative robots to rescue persons in a hydrological disaster. A plurality of robots are dispersed in a body of water to spread out and seek victims using cooperative foraging techniques within resource constraints. A location of victims located by a robot using sensing techniques is communicated to other robots. A situational assessment is performed using victim location information to determine a number of robots to deploy to the location. The deployed robots are directed to perform coordinated maneuvers to create a connected floatation unit to support floatation of victims for rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Srikanth K. Murali, Padmanabha Venkatagiri Seshadri, Vijay Kumar Ananthapur Bache, Vijay Ekambaram
  • Patent number: 11505918
    Abstract: A system for controlling movement of multiple links of an excavator can move a tool at the end of an excavator arm. The system includes a sensor data interface configured to receive sensor data for determining relative orientations of the multiple links with respect to each other, and a surface setting unit configured to access design data defining a reference surface. The system has a remapping unit configured to remap a user command for moving two links with respect to each other about a corresponding joint to a rotatory tool degree of freedom. The system then coordinates output signals, such that as a function of the remapped user command the tool is rotated within the associated rotatory tool degree of freedom, without the need that an operator coordinates underlying joint movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Lars Kjaergaard, Sean Costello, Anders Lindskov
  • Patent number: 11504193
    Abstract: A surgical robotic system including a surgical table, a surgical robotic manipulator coupled to the surgical table and comprising a plurality of links coupled together by a plurality of joints that are operable to move with respect to one another to move the surgical robotic manipulator, at least one of the plurality of links or the plurality of joints having a portion that faces another of the plurality of links or the plurality of joints, a proximity sensing assembly coupled to the portion of the at least one of the plurality of links or the plurality of joints, the proximity sensing assembly operable to detect an object prior to the surgical robotic manipulator colliding with the object and to output a corresponding detection signal, and a processor operable to receive the corresponding detecting signal and cause the manipulator or the object to engage in a collision avoidance operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Xin Liu, Berk Gonenc, Bernhard A. Fuerst, Jose Luis Cordoba, Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy
  • Patent number: 11498218
    Abstract: A robot includes a first arm having a hole and extending along a first axis, a second arm coupled to the first arm, and rotating around a second axis crossing the first axis, a sensor configured to detect a target, and an attachment member provided to the second arm, and configured to support the sensor, wherein the attachment member is inserted through the hole, and extending along the second axis. Further, the sensor may be located outside an outer surface of the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironori Tasaka
  • Patent number: 11497566
    Abstract: A robotic arm control system including a medical instrument to be inserted into a body-part, a force sensor to detect force applied by the instrument to the body-part, a robotic arm attached to the instrument, a first position sensor to track an instrument position of the instrument in the body-part, a second position sensor to track a body position of the body-part, and a controller to compute, responsively to the instrument position and the body position, a location of the instrument relative to the body-part, compare the detected force applied by the instrument to a permitted force level for application to an anatomical feature at the computed location and send a control command to, or cut power of, the robotic arm to loosen a rigidity of at least one robotic joint in response to the detected force applied by the instrument being greater than the permitted force level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Vadim Gliner
  • Patent number: 11498216
    Abstract: A remote control manipulator system includes a manipulator controlled remotely by an operator; a camera to capture an image including the manipulator; a posture sensor to detect posture data; an action instruction inputter with which the operator inputs an action instruction instructing action to move or stop the manipulator; a control device including a structural data storage to store manipulator structural data representing a structure of the manipulator, a model image generator to generate a model image with referring to the structural data storage and the posture data, and a presentation image generator to generate a presentation image by superimposing a model image on the captured image; and a display to display the presentation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Saruta, Masaki Haruna, Noboru Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 11498587
    Abstract: An autonomous robot system to enable automated movement of goods and materials in a dynamic environment including one or more dynamic objects. The autonomous robot system includes an autonomous ground vehicle (AGV) including a vehicle management system. The vehicle management system provides real time resource planning and path optimization to enable the AGV to operate safely and efficiently alongside humans in a dynamic environment. The vehicle management system includes one or more processing devices to execute a moving object trajectory prediction module to predict a trajectory of a dynamic or moving object in a shared environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anatoly Mitlin, Samer Nashed
  • Patent number: 11490971
    Abstract: A driver interface according to an embodiment may include an engagement member, an actuator, a detection member, and a sensor. The engagement member includes an engagement protrusion protruding from a surface of the engagement member and provided corresponding to an engagement recess provided at a drive transmission member rotatably provided in an adaptor. The actuator is configured to rotate the engagement member. The detection member is movable in a direction parallel to the rotation axis of the engagement member. The sensor detects the detection member that has moved as a result of contact with a part of the drive transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: MEDICAROID CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Betsugi, Kenji Ago
  • Patent number: 11492113
    Abstract: A security monitoring system may implement a method for surveilling an outdoor area using a drone. The method involves receiving an input to initiate a pre-surveillance operation. The input indicates a type of pre-surveillance operation to be performed in the outdoor area. The drone may be configured according to the input and may then perform the pre-surveillance operation to obtain data indicative of environmental features in the outdoor area. A flight trajectory path for the drone is generated based on the data indicative of the environmental features in the outdoor area. The flight trajectory path includes a path for the drone to move within the outdoor area. The drone then performs a detailed surveillance of the outdoor area according to the flight trajectory path. A graphical representation of the outdoor area is generated based on data obtained from performing the surveillance of the outdoor area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Agris Kipurs, Ilja Nevdahs
  • Patent number: 11485021
    Abstract: A robot is equipped with a processor. The processor detects external appearance or audio of a living being, and by controlling the robot, causes the robot to execute an operation in accordance with liking data indicating preferences of the robot regarding external appearance or audio and the detected external appearance or audio of the living being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Watanuki
  • Patent number: 11490248
    Abstract: Devices that record data from a space, such as audio or video devices having microphones and/or cameras, may have a privacy mode which allows a user to temporarily prevent the device from recoding audio or video of the space. The privacy mode may be a privacy cover, button, airgap, or other mechanism to obfuscate the acoustic or video signal, or to remove power and/or communication from the camera, microphone, control circuit, or to the entire device itself. Additionally, the privacy mode may be remotely enabled for multiple devices in a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Rhodes B. Baker, Jeffrey Karc, Galen E. Knode, Robert C. Newman, Jr., John B. Nill
  • Patent number: 11478120
    Abstract: A cleaner includes: a body which forms an outer appearance; and a mop module which is detachably connected to the body. The mop module includes: a pair of spin mops which contacts a floor while rotating clockwise or counterclockwise when viewed from a top; and a module housing which connects the pair of spin mops. The cleaner may travel autonomously due to the rotation of the spin mops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaewon Jang, Minwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 11478926
    Abstract: An operation control device for a robot comprises: an input part inputting at least one operation candidate, and a captured image including an object to be processed; a first learning device that has finished learning performed according to first learning data to output a first evaluation value indicating evaluation of each operation candidate when the robot performs a first processing operation upon input of the captured image and the operation candidate; a second learning device that has finished learning performed according to second learning data which differs from the first learning data, to output a second evaluation value indicating evaluation of each operation candidate when the robot performs a second processing operation upon input of the captured image and the operation candidate; and an evaluation part that, based on at least one of the first evaluation value and the second evaluation value, calculates a command value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiya Shibata
  • Patent number: 11479266
    Abstract: A remote operation system includes a processor that is configured to acquire position information and communication quality information from each of plural vehicles on a regular basis, create position-specific communication quality information in which the position information and the communication quality information are associated with each other, supply the position-specific communication quality information to an operator of a remote operation target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yosuke Tokuda, Masahiro Nishio, Shuichiro Takahashi, Haruka Yano, Taichi Amakasu
  • Patent number: 11480973
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes obtaining image data representing a set of images of a worksite captured by an image capture component of a mobile computing device, identifying a set of virtual markers associated with the set of images, each virtual marker having a corresponding position in one of the images, and determining, for each virtual marker, a set of coordinates in a coordinate system based on the corresponding position of the virtual marker. Based on the set of coordinates, boundary data is generated that represents a boundary on the worksite. The boundary data is communicated to a robotic mower for control of the robotic mower within an operating area defined based on the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Chad A. Ackerman, Nathan Ogden, Brittany Sprabery, Blake Heltsley, Patrick Feltes, Aaron Trask, Mark D. Moran
  • Patent number: 11471813
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air cleaner disposed in an indoor space. An air cleaner according to an embodiment includes a blowing device including a suction port and a discharge port, a fan motor configured to generate an air flow, a purifying unit installed inside the blowing device to purify air, a driving portion configured to move the air cleaner, a communication unit configured to communicate with a moving agent moving in the indoor space, and a processor configured to receive status information including at least one of air quality information and dust occurrence information collected by the moving agent, determine a specific zone in which air purification is to be performed using the status information collected by the moving agent, and perform air purification in the specific zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Taehyun Kim, Jonghoon Chae
  • Patent number: 11472038
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and related technologies are disclosed for multi-device robot control. In one implementation, input(s) are received and provided to a personal assistant or another application or service. In response, command(s) directed to an external device are received, e.g., from the personal assistant. Based on the command(s), a robot is maneuvered in relation to a location associated with the external device. Transmission of instruction(s) from the robot to the external device is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: X-Tend Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Gavriel Krauss, Harry Fox
  • Patent number: 11474526
    Abstract: Provided are distance detection method and device for a cleaning robot, a cleaning robot, an electronic device and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium. The method includes: acquiring detection data of an obstacle detector of the cleaning robot, determining, according to the detection data, whether a distance between the cleaning robot and an obstacle reaches a first distance, where the first distance is a distance between the cleaning robot and the obstacle at a moment when a changing trend of the detection data fits a pre-set changing trend. In the embodiments of the present disclosure, whether the cleaning robot is moving to a specific position a certain distance away from the obstacle may be detected precisely. As the specific position is determined precisely, collision with obstacles can be avoided efficiently for the cleaning robot during working, and thus the distance detection method for the cleaning robot is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Zhouxiong Lin, Chuanluo Xu, Ke Li, Bingan Tan, Chun Luan
  • Patent number: 11464593
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system has a user interface with a control arm that includes a passive axis system for maintaining degrees-of-freedom of a gimbal rotatably supported on the control arm as the gimbal is manipulated during a surgical procedure. The control arm includes a swivel member, a first member, and a second member. The swivel member is rotatable about a first axis. The first member rotatably coupled to the swivel member about a second axis that is orthogonal to the first axis. The second member rotatably coupled to the first member about a third axis that is parallel to the second axis. The gimbal rotatably supported by the second member about a fourth axis that is orthogonal to the third axis. The passive axis system correlating rotation of the swivel member about the first axis with rotation of the gimbal about the fourth axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: William J. Peine, Cameron K. Cecil
  • Patent number: 11465275
    Abstract: A mobile robot moving to a target position indicated by a user terminal, the mobile robot includes a driver configured to move the mobile robot; a communication interface configured to exchange a wireless signal with each of a first terminal transceiver and a second terminal transceiver included in the user terminal; and a controller configured to control the driver to move to the target position after transmission and reception of the wireless signal with the first terminal transceiver and transmission and reception of the wireless signal with the second terminal transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Young Jung, Young Do Kwon, Min Woo Ryu, Dong-Hyun Lee, Dong Hun Lee, Min Jae Kim, Shin Kim, Woo Ram Jung
  • Patent number: 11467600
    Abstract: A robotic working tool comprising a sensor for detecting magnetic fields connected to a controller for controlling the operation of the robotic working tool. The controller is configured to operate according to a first control signal being transmitted through a first boundary wire and according to a second control signal being transmitted through a second boundary wire. The robotic working tool is thereby configured to operate within a composite work area comprising at least a first partial work area and a second partial work area. The first boundary wire delimits the first partial work area and the second boundary wire delimits the second partial work area. The at least first and second boundary wires provide a common perimeter for the composite work area. Analysing the magnetic fields detected by the sensor, the controller determines whether the robotic working tool is inside or outside the composite work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Ulf Ärlig, Ludvig Sjöholm
  • Patent number: 11465288
    Abstract: A method of controlling a robot that performs work using an end effector on an object transported by a handler includes calculating a target position of the end effector based on a position of the object, calculating a tracking correction amount for correction of the target position in correspondence with a transport amount of the object, controlling the end effector to follow the object based on the target position and the tracking correction amount, acquiring an acting force acting on the end effector from the object using a force sensor, calculating a force control correction amount for correction of the target position to set the acting force to a target force, and controlling the acting force to be the predetermined target force by driving the manipulator based on the force control correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Kaoru Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11460864
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance system includes vehicles, a positioning device to measure a location of each of the vehicles and output location information of the vehicles; a guidance device to generate, for each vehicle, a guidance command to guide the vehicle; and a storage device to store a guide command for each vehicle. The guidance device generates a guidance command including location information of points of passage defining a traveling path for each vehicle, stores the guidance command to the storage device, and, when at least some of the points of passage are to be altered, stores altered location information of points of passage to the storage device. Each vehicle accesses the storage device to acquire, from the storage device, the altered location information of points of passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junji Ito, Huashi Liu, Tomohiko Tomogane
  • Patent number: 11453122
    Abstract: A system for robot and human collaboration. The system comprises: a multi-axis robot; one or more torque sensors, each torque sensor being configured to measure a torque about a respective axis of the multi-axis robot; and a controller configured to: receive one or more torque measurements taken by the one or more torque sensors; compare the one or more torque measurements or a function of the one or more torque measurements to a threshold value; and control the multi-axis robot based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Martin Knott, Daniel James Middleton
  • Patent number: 11452248
    Abstract: A work machine including a work head including a holding tool to pick up and hold a component, a rotating device to rotate the holding tool about an axis of the holding tool, a pivoting device to pivot the holding tool between a first attitude in which a distal end portion of the holding tool faces downward and a second attitude in which the distal end portion of the holding tool faces sideways; a moving device to move the work head; and a control device to control operation of the work head and the moving device, the control device including an operation control section to cause the holding tool to pivot from the first attitude to the second attitude, and to cause the holding tool to rotate from a holding angle that is a rotation angle when the component was picked up to a target angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toru Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11449074
    Abstract: A robot for providing a guidance service using artificial intelligence. The robot measures distances between external robots and the robot and, based on the measured distances, determines that robots are concentrated in a specific area. Based on the determination that robots are concentrated in the specific area, the robot moves some of the external robots to the specific area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Inho Lee, Junmin Lee
  • Patent number: 11446811
    Abstract: A robot includes a mobile robot provided with driving wheels, a frame provided in the mobile robot, a housing having an opening formed therein, a drawer guide having a fixed bracket installed in the housing and a moving bracket moving along the fixed bracket and drawable out through the opening, and a drawer mounted on the moving bracket to be inserted into the housing or drawn out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Iljae Lee, Hoseong Kang, Sunil Cho, Jaeyoung Kim, Sunghee Han, Seungjong Park, Jaemyoung Hong
  • Patent number: 11446813
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus and an information processing method to increase movement patterns of an autonomous mobile body more easily, the information processing apparatus including an operation control unit configured to control an operation of a driving unit. The operation control unit generates, on the basis of a teaching movement, control sequence data for causing a driving unit of an autonomous mobile body to execute an autonomous movement corresponding to the teaching movement, and causes the driving unit to execute the autonomous movement according to the control sequence data, on the basis of an action plan determined by situation estimation. The information processing method includes controlling, by a processor, an operation of a driving unit, and the controlling further includes generating control sequence data, and causing the driving unit to execute an autonomous movement according to the control sequence data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoo Mizukami, Mika Nagae, Takuma Morita, Naoya Muramatsu, Eiichiro Morinaga, Katsuhisa Ito
  • Patent number: 11440199
    Abstract: A system for serving a plate on a table includes a robot including a movable base, a body on the movable base, a first pair of arms connected to the body and including a first arm and a second arm; and a first plate holder including a first and a second connectors, the first and second connectors to engage the first and second arms, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Gang Hao
  • Patent number: 11442465
    Abstract: A robot cleaner is provided. A robot cleaner includes a cleaner main body, a battery configured to supply a power, a memory configured to store floor material information corresponding to each of a plurality of subspaces configuring a space, and a processor configured to identify a cleaning mode corresponding to each of the plurality of subspaces based on the floor material information corresponding to each of the plurality of subspaces, identify an order of priority of each of the plurality of subspaces based on the identified cleaning mode and a remaining amount of power, and set a movement path of the robot cleaner based on the identified order of priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wonguk Jeong, Minjeong Kang, Seungsoo Kang
  • Patent number: 11439471
    Abstract: Devices, Systems, and Methods for controlled movement of the robot system. The surgical robot system may include a robot having a robot base, a robot arm coupled to the robot base, and an end-effector coupled to the robot arm. The robot may include a plurality of omni-directional wheels affixed to the robot base allowing multiple-axis movement of the robot. The robot may further include sensors for detecting a desired movement of the robot base and a control system responsive to the plurality of sensors for controlling the multiple-axis movement of the robot by actuating two or more of the plurality of omni-directional wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Johnson, Robert Stevens, Hisham Salem, Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 11440195
    Abstract: Robotic automation and methods described herein can be used to enhance the efficiencies of freight shipping processes. For example, this document describes the use of automated systems and methods for densely loading cargo into freight carriers (e.g., semi-trailers) in an efficient manner. Some such systems can include one or more movable robots that can travel along an open side or open top of a semi-trailer to autonomously load parcels into the trailer in a densely packed manner. The disclosed systems and methods allow for the reduction or elimination of manual labor for loading shipping trailers in a very dense manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Lisso
  • Patent number: 11438830
    Abstract: A task execution system, a radio connection method, and a program capable of switching a base station which is a connection destination at an appropriate timing are provided. In a task execution system including an autonomous mobile robot configured to sequentially execute a plurality of tasks including movement, the autonomous mobile robot includes a radio communication unit that communicates with a base station, and a connection control unit that searches for the base station with execution of a predetermined task as a trigger and switches base station which is a connection destination of communication by the radio communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Susumu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11435754
    Abstract: An autonomous moving apparatus includes: a detection unit that detects a distance to an object around the apparatus and a shape of the object; a moving unit that moves the apparatus so as to follow operation of a target person to be followed, which is detected by the detection unit; and a control unit that performs control for movement by the moving unit or stop in accordance with motion of each of two feet of the target person to be followed, which is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Xiongfan Jin, Mariko Miyazaki, Hideki Fujimoto, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Hajime Kajiyama, Kunitoshi Yamamoto, Teppei Aoki
  • Patent number: 11435759
    Abstract: A plurality of autonomous mobile robots includes a first mobile robot provided with a transmitting sensor for outputting sound wave of a first frequency, and a first module for transmitting and receiving a signal of a second frequency higher than the first frequency. A second mobile robot is provided with a receiving sensor for receiving the sound wave of the first frequency and a second module for transmitting and receiving the signal of the second frequency. A control unit of the second mobile robot synchronizes an output time of the sound wave of the first frequency from the first mobile robot using the signal of the second frequency, and determines a relative position of the first mobile robot using the sound wave of the first frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Donghoon Kwak, Jaehwan Ko, Hyukdo Kweon
  • Patent number: 11429101
    Abstract: An autonomy system for use with a vehicle in an environment. The autonomy system comprising a processor operatively coupled with a memory device, a plurality of sensors operatively coupled with the processor; a vehicle controller, a situational awareness module, a task planning module, and a task execution module. The situational awareness module being configured to determine a state of the environment based at least in part on sensor data from at least one of the plurality of sensors. The task planning module being configured to identify, via the processor, a plurality of tasks to be performed by the vehicle and to generate a task assignment list from the plurality of tasks that is based at least in part on predetermined optimization criteria. The task execution module being configured to instruct the vehicle controller to execute the plurality of tasks in accordance with the task assignment list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Ryan, Jeffery Saunders
  • Patent number: 11426871
    Abstract: A system can be configured to generate and analyze one or more candidate logistics maps based on a set of input parameters and a baseline map of a logistics facility. The system can identify modifications strategies, resource limits, regions of interest, mapping constraints through analysis of the input parameters and the baseline map. The generated candidate maps and the baseline map can be implemented in virtual environments that are configured to replicate one or more operations associated with the baseline map, such as item distribution, item retrieval, and reorganization operations. The virtual environment can further simulate the resource limits associated with the baseline map and compare performance indicators from simulation of the baseline map to performance indicators from simulation of the candidate maps to identify viable improvements over existing logistics solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Anderson, Anthony Barone, James Fleming, Wuwei Liang
  • Patent number: 11426864
    Abstract: A robotic manipulator system includes a first robotic manipulator and a second robotic manipulator configured to grasp an object. The first robotic manipulator grasps the object a first time and moves the object to the second robotic manipulator. The second robotic manipulator then grasps the object and the first robotic manipulator readjusts its position relative to the object before grasping the object a second time. One or both of the robotic manipulators then move the object a new location before releasing the object at the new location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Kindred Systems Inc.
    Inventors: David Gabriel Hallock, Jun Jeong
  • Patent number: 11426875
    Abstract: A control system may receive a first plurality of measurements indicative of respective joint angles corresponding to a plurality of sensors connected to a robot. The robot may include a body and a plurality of jointed limbs connected to the body associated with respective properties. The control system may also receive a body orientation measurement indicative of an orientation of the body of the robot. The control system may further determine a relationship between the first plurality of measurements and the body orientation measurement based on the properties associated with the jointed limbs of the robot. Additionally, the control system may estimate an aggregate orientation of the robot based on the first plurality of measurements, the body orientation measurement, and the determined relationship. Further, the control system may provide instructions to control at least one jointed limb of the robot based on the estimated aggregate orientation of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Khripin, Alfred Anthony Rizzi
  • Patent number: 11420333
    Abstract: A robot having a robot manipulator with an effector, wherein the robot manipulator is designed and constructed for picking up, handling, and releasing an object and is controlled by a control unit, the robot including a first sensor means designed and constructed to determine a persisting adherence of the object to an effector after a release of the object by the effector, and where such an adherence persists, to generate a signal S, wherein when a signal S is present, the control unit is designed and constructed to control the robot manipulator in such a manner that it executes a predefined movement B in which the effector with the persistently adhering object is passed by a wiping object in such a manner that the adhering object is wiped off the effector on a surface or an edge of the wiping object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Franka Emika GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Parusel, Simon Haddadin, Niklas Böhme, Tim Rokahr
  • Patent number: 11425275
    Abstract: An information processing device comprises a network interface including a buffer; a main controller; and a power controller that controls power using a first power mode in which power supplied to the main controller is limited and a second power mode in which a greater amount of power is supplied to the main controller. The network interface, if receiving a packet triggering a transition to the second power mode in the first power mode, stores the packet to the buffer memory and executes control such that, among packets received during a period until when the device starts operating in the second power mode, packets satisfying a discard condition are not stored and packets not satisfying a discard condition are stored. If the device is operating in the second power mode, even packets satisfying a discard condition are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kimura
  • Patent number: 11420694
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a robot gait planning method and a robot with the same. The method includes: obtaining, through the sensor set, force information of feet of the robot under a force applied by a target object; calculating coordinates of zero moment points of the feet of the robot with respect to a centroid of a body of the robot based on the force information; and determining a gait planning result for the robot based on the coordinates of the zero moment points with respect to the centroid of the body. The present disclosure is capable of converting the force of the target object to the zero moment points, and using the zero moment points to perform the gait planning, so that the robot follows the target object in the case that the robot is subjected to a force of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP LTD
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Chunyu Chen, Yizhang Liu, Ligang Ge, Jianxin Pang
  • Patent number: 11420339
    Abstract: A holding technology whereby an article, i.e., a subject to be held, can be stably held by increasing a contact area with respect to the article. An article holding device includes a holding main body, a suction mechanism, and a sandwiching mechanism. The sandwiching mechanism includes sandwiching arms, which come into contact with one side of the article, and a board-like sandwiching plate that comes into planar contact with the other side of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Fujihara, Sayo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11420328
    Abstract: Learning to effectively imitate human teleoperators, even in unseen, dynamic environments is a promising path to greater autonomy, enabling robots to steadily acquire complex skills from supervision. Various motion generation techniques are described herein that are rooted in contraction theory and sum-of-squares programming for learning a dynamical systems control policy in the form of a polynomial vector field from a given set of demonstrations. Notably, this vector field is provably optimal for the problem of minimizing imitation loss while providing certain continuous-time guarantees on the induced imitation behavior. Techniques herein generalize to new initial and goal poses of the robot and can adapt in real time to dynamic obstacles during execution, with convergence to teleoperator behavior within a well-defined safety tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Bachir El Khadir, Vikas Sindhwani, Jacob Varley
  • Patent number: 11420330
    Abstract: A robot control device according to an aspect of the invention is a robot control device that controls a robot on the basis of a simulation result of a simulation device that performs a simulation of operation of a virtual robot on a virtual space. In the simulation, a first region and a second region located on an inside of the first region can be set on the virtual space. In the case where the virtual robot operates, when a specific portion of the virtual robot intrudes into the first region, operating speed of the virtual robot is limited. When the specific portion of the virtual robot intrudes into the second region, the operation of the virtual robot stops or the virtual robot retracts from the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Masanobu Nishitani, Tsutomu Hagihara, Norio Yokoshima, Kazuhiro Masuda
  • Patent number: 11413756
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a load is described, including: a body including a part or portion for engaging with or connecting to a load to be transported; a ground-engaging device supporting the body, the ground-engaging device for effecting movement of the body over a surface; a transmitter module; a receiver module; and a controller for communicating with the transmitter and receiver modules and the ground engaging device and for receiving status signals from components and/or devices of the apparatus, wherein the controller is capable of conducting a check as to the status of the components and/or devices of the apparatus, and after completing said check to provide an “apparatus operative” or “apparatus non-operative” signal to the transmitter module, wherein the transmitter module is configured to transmit the “apparatus operative” or “apparatus non-operative” signal to a receiver module of one or more other apparatus and to its own receiver module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: M-MOVER HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Sam Dance, Daniel Evans, Andrew Owen
  • Patent number: 11417104
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to automatically determining location of an object. In some embodiments, there is provided a system for automatically determining location of an object inside a retail store via one or more cameras including: a plurality of locations inside a retail store; a first camera capturing a first image of a first location; a portable electronic device configured to transmit a signal used to determine an absolute location of a test object; one or more first receiver circuits configured to receive transmitted first signals from the portable electronic device; and a control circuit configured to: associate a first set of store coordinates of a first coordinate system associated with an entire area inside the retail store with a first set of frame coordinates of a second coordinate system associated with the plurality of cameras; and cause a database to store the association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Yanbin Ye, Zhichun Xiao
  • Patent number: 11407116
    Abstract: A robot according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a user interface unit configured to receive an input from a user; an object recognition unit configured to sense a human body and an object; a position recognition unit configured to sense positions of the human body and the object; a driving driver configured to control movement of the robot; and a controller configured to control an operation of the robot, wherein the controller is configured to perform control such that: when the human body is detected within a predetermined first range by the robot, the robot is woken up and a touch monitor included in the user interface unit is turned on, and when the human body is detected within a predetermined second range by the robot, content for receiving an input from the user is output on the touch monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jungmin Park
  • Patent number: 11400593
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for avoiding collision and a robot and a server implementing such method, and according to an embodiment of the present disclosure, the robot includes a sensor configured to sense a distance between the robot and an object disposed outside, a communicator configured to receive, from the sensor or the second robot, position information of the second robot, and a controller configured to generate a moving path to avoid the collision based on at least one of position information of the second robot or distance information sensed by the sensor and depth information of a recessed part of the second robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jungsik Kim
  • Patent number: 11400599
    Abstract: Disclosed are a robot and a method of controlling the same, wherein a robot arm is moved until a pressure sensor provided at the robot arm senses a predetermined pressure, and the quantity of products arranged on a shelf is counted based on the operation of the robot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunryang Kim, Jinho Sohn, Woong Jeong