Having Particular Operator Interface (e.g., Teaching Box, Digitizer, Tablet, Pendant, Dummy Arm) Patents (Class 700/264)
  • Patent number: 10969781
    Abstract: Various techniques are described to facilitate the control of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A graphical user interface (GUI) is provided that allows a user to control a UAV using familiar gestures. The GUI may include live video that is captured and transmitted by a UAV, which may be displayed in a display window on a portable computing device. Upon a user interacting with the display window, the video may be updated to display a new UAV perspective by changing a zoom level, panning, rotating, etc., based upon the type of user interaction. In response to the user interaction, a command may be generated and transmitted to the UAV, causing the UAV to navigate to a location to reflect the change in perspective. Upon the UAV moving to the new position, the live video data that is displayed may match the perspective indicated by the user gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathan L. Tofte, Brian N. Harvey
  • Patent number: 10946528
    Abstract: An autonomous companion mobile robot and system may complement the intelligence possessed by a user with machine learned intelligence to make a user's life more fulfilling. The robot and system includes a mobile robotic device and a mobile robotic docking station. Either or both of the mobile robotic device and the mobile robotic docking station may operate independently, as well as operating together as a team, as a system. The mobile robotic device may have an external form of a three-dimensional shape, a humanoid, a present or historical person, some fictional character, or some animal. The mobile robotic device and/or the mobile robotic docking station may each include a fog Internet of Things (IoT) gateway processor and a plurality of sensors and input/output devices. The autonomous companion mobile robot and system may collect data from and observe its users and offer suggestions, perform tasks, and present information to its users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: IREPA INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Sanjiv S. Gupta, Izabela Repczynska
  • Patent number: 10935965
    Abstract: An operation management apparatus predicts the machining processes of one or more facilities. This operation management apparatus acquires a machining program operating on the facilities and including an execution time for each process, generates schedule data to which related information (an identifier of the process) is added, and generates, for each of the facilities, a graph (a process schedule) including a time axis and indicating a progress of the process, based on the generated schedule data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasumasa Okamura
  • Patent number: 10913152
    Abstract: A robot device controller including a memory configured to store a statistical model trained to implement a behaviour of the robot device, one or more processors configured to determine a nominal trajectory represented by the statistical model, determine an expected force experienced by the robot device when the robot device is controlled to move in accordance with the nominal trajectory, determine a measured force experienced by the robot device when the robot device is controlled to move in accordance with the nominal trajectory and adapt the statistical model based on a reduction of the difference between the measured force and the expected force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Leonel Rozo
  • Patent number: 10906790
    Abstract: A control box and operator interface for an industrial vehicle includes a left thumb joystick controller, a right thumb joystick controller, and integrated handles positioned adjacent the left thumb joystick controller and the right thumb joystick controller, respectively. The integrated handles are ergonomically positioned relative to the left and right thumb joystick controllers such that when an operator grasps the handles, the operator's thumbs are naturally positioned adjacent the left and right thumb joystick controllers, respectively. An enabling mechanism is associated with each of the integrated handles and includes a switch that serves to activate operational functionality of the left and right thumb joystick controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: JLG INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew I. Gilbride, Ignacy Puszkiewicz, Brian K. Mohlman, David W. Lombardo
  • Patent number: 10898272
    Abstract: A method includes, receiving a first sequence of first positions of a medical device that moves in a body of a patient. The first positions of the medical device are visualized to a user, by automatically moving a dummy device, external to the body, in a second sequence of second positions that mimics the first sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Zvi Dekel, Vadim Gliner
  • Patent number: 10888439
    Abstract: A robotic assembly control system is disclosed. The robotic assembly control system includes an exoskeleton apparatus adapted to be worn by a user, at least one robotic assembly, the at least one robotic assembly controlled by the user by way of the exoskeleton, and at least one mobile platform, the at least one mobile platform controlled by the user and wherein the at least one robotic assembly is attached to the at least one mobile platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dirk A. van der Merwe, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Stewart M. Coulter, Christopher M. Werner, Michael J. Slate, Ethan D. Stern
  • Patent number: 10875198
    Abstract: To provide a robot system capable of ensuring safety while giving consideration to the occurrence of a trouble in image capture means. A robot system with a camera for monitoring a robot comprises: current position model generation means that generates a current position model for the robot based on current position data about the robot and robot model data about the robot; simulation image generation means that generates a simulation image of the robot viewed from the direction of the camera based on set position data about the camera, set position data about the robot, and the current position model; detection means that compares the simulation image and a monitoring image acquired from the camera to detect the robot in the monitoring image; and safety ensuring means that ensures the safety of the robot system if the detection means does not detect the robot in the monitoring image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Nao Ooshima
  • Patent number: 10863931
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a continuous monitoring of analyte values received from an analyte sensor system are provided. One method for a wireless data communication between an analyte sensor system and a mobile device involves storing identification information associated with a transceiver of the analyte sensor system, the identification information entered by a user of the mobile device via a custom application running on the mobile device; causing the custom application to enter a background mode; searching for advertisement signals; receiving an advertisement signal from the transceiver; authenticating the transceiver based on the identification information; prompting the user to bring the custom application to a foreground mode; causing the custom application to request a confirmation from the user that a data connection with the transceiver is desired; receiving the confirmation from the user; and completing the data connection with the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Hector Hernandez-Rosas, Shawn Larvenz, Mark Dervaes, Indrawati Gauba, Michael Robert Mensinger, Eric Cohen, Brian Christopher Smith, Jorge Valdes, Jacob S. Leach
  • Patent number: 10864587
    Abstract: A wire electrical discharge machine machines a workpiece so as to have different machined shapes on a top surface and a bottom surface of the workpiece. The wire electrical discharge machine includes: a distance measuring sensor for moving within a machining area of the wire electrical discharge machine and measuring a distance between the distance measuring sensor and an object to be measured; and a vertical position calculating unit for calculating a distance between a reference surface and the top surface and a distance between the reference surface and the bottom surface, from a distance between the reference surface and the distance measuring sensor, a distance between the top surface and the distance measuring sensor, and a distance between the bottom surface and the distance measuring sensor, measured by the distance measuring sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taiju Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10841251
    Abstract: A multi-domain chatbot is used to service a message of a user. An automated agent of the multi-domain chatbot may act as an intermediary between the user and a plurality of domain-specific modules of the multi-domain chatbot. The automated agent may receive the message from the user, determine an intent of the message, and based on the intent, determine a group of the domain-specific modules that should be investigated. The automated agent may then investigate the group of domain-specific modules by sending the user message to and receiving responses from the domain-specific modules within the group. Based on the received responses, the automated agent may determine whether to provide, to the user, one of the domain-specific responses or a null response, in the event that none of the domain-specific responses is aligned with the intent of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MOVEWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Mukund Ramachandran, Desmond Wing-Yin Chan, Nick Naixuan Guo, Jing Chen, Jiang Chen, Vaibhav Nivargi, Varun Singh, Bhavin Nicholas Shah
  • Patent number: 10796151
    Abstract: Examples described herein relate to mapping a space using a multi-directional camera. This mapping may be performed with a robotic device comprising a monocular multi-directional camera device and at least one movement actuator. The mapping may generate an occupancy map to determine navigable portions of the space. A robotic device movement around a point in a plane of movement may be instructed using the at least one movement actuator. Using the monocular multi-directional camera device, a sequence of images are obtained (610) at different angular positions during the instructed movement. Pose data is determined (620) from the sequence of images. The pose data is determined using features detected within the sequence of images. Depth values are then estimated (630) by evaluating a volumetric function of the sequence of images and the pose data. The depth values are processed (640) to populate the occupancy map for the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
    Inventors: Robert Lukierski, Stefan Leutenegger, Andrew Davison
  • Patent number: 10768607
    Abstract: A controller of a machining device includes an X correction value determiner to determine an X correction value based on an X coordinate value obtained when a detection tool clamped by a clamp is brought into contact with a predetermined X reference point, a Y correction value determiner to determine a Y correction value based on a Y coordinate value obtained when the detection tool clamped by the clamp is brought into contact with a predetermined Y reference point, an actual length determiner to determine an actual length of the detection tool clamped by the clamp, and a Z correction value determiner to determine a Z correction value based on the X correction value, the Y correction value, the actual length of the detection tool, and the design length of the detection tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: DGSHAPE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Ueda
  • Patent number: 10762170
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of systems and methods for visualizing, analyzing, and managing telepresence devices operating in a telepresence network of healthcare facilities. A user may selectively view a global view of all telepresence devices, telepresence devices within a particular region, the details of a particular telepresence device, and/or the details of a particular healthcare facility. At one viewing level, a user may view a plan view map of a healthcare facility and visualize the navigational history of a telepresence device. At another viewing level, a user may view a plan view map of a healthcare facility and visualize telemetry data of a patient associated with a selected room. At another viewing level, a user may selectively view various graphical representations of telepresence device statistics and usage information with respect to health ratings for each of a plurality of patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: INTOUCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Marco Pinter, Greg Brallier, Scott Ross
  • Patent number: 10758311
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a hand controller apparatus for controlling a tool in a robotic surgery system can include a body configured to be moved to generate a first operator input to cause a tool to move corresponding to the movement of the body. The hand controller apparatus can also include an input control interface formed on a surface of the body and configured to sense one or more of a plurality of second operator inputs associated with a plurality of tool functions, the plurality of second operator inputs being different from the first operator input. The hand controller apparatus can also include a processor configured to control the tool to perform one or more of the plurality of tool functions in response to the sensed one or more second operator inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Michael Kelly, Michael Darter Collins, Chad Clayton Walters, Jonathan Bradley Duke, Zachary Kevin Durand, Mark Curtis Rector
  • Patent number: 10739770
    Abstract: Modifying a motion plan for an autonomously-operated inspection platform (AIP) includes obtaining sensor data for an industrial asset area of interest, analyzing the obtained sensor data during execution of an initial motion plan to determine if modification of the initial motion plan is required. If modification is required then performing a pose estimation on a first group of potential targets and a second group of potential targets, optimizing the results of the pose estimation to determine a modification to the initial motion plan, performing reactive planning to the initial motion plan to include the modification, the reactive planning providing a modified motion plan that includes a series of waypoints defining a modified path, and autonomously controlling motion of the AIP along the modified path. The analysis, pose estimation, optimization, and reactive planning occurring during movement of the AIP along a motion plan. A system and computer-readable medium are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Huan Tan, Ana Dasilva, Eric Gros, Romano Patrick, Charles Theurer, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, John Lizzi
  • Patent number: 10695081
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an end effector, a motor for opening and closing the jaws, a sensor configured to detect a tissue compression parameter associated with a tissue between the jaws, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to determine a value of the tissue compression parameter via the sensor as the jaws transition from the open configuration to the closed configuration, cause the motor to increase a time to transition the jaws to the closed configuration according to whether the value of the tissue compression parameter is above a first threshold, and provide feedback according to whether the value of the tissue compression parameter is below a second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Jordan B. Wong, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10682248
    Abstract: A minimally invasive system and method for providing weight loss by inducing the feeling of satiety whereby an intragastric device is inserted into the gastric lumen via the esophagus and an external magnetic device is used as needed to magnetically attract the intragastric device towards the inner wall of the stomach and impart tactile stimulation sufficient to stimulate the vagus nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Appetec, Inc
    Inventor: Shahriar Sedghi
  • Patent number: 10646355
    Abstract: A robotic assembly control system is disclosed. The robotic assembly control system includes an exoskeleton apparatus adapted to be worn by a user, at least one robotic assembly, the at least one robotic assembly controlled by the user by way of the exoskeleton, and at least one mobile platform, the at least one mobile platform controlled by the user and wherein the at least one robotic assembly is attached to the at least one mobile platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dirk A. van der Merwe, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Stewart M. Coulter, Christopher M. Werner, Michael J. Slate, Ethan D. Stern
  • Patent number: 10635082
    Abstract: The purpose is to enable an instructor who does not know any programming language to easily teach robot movements and operation content to a robot without using a teach pendant. This method for generating a robot operation program includes a step, using a GUI, for sequentially executing in a plurality of template element operation programs the feature of displaying a variable specification screen for specifying a variable of a certain template element operation program, and then storing the template element operation program for which the variable was specified in a storage unit as a custom element operation program. The plurality of template element operation programs is configured so that: one or more finger position coordinates specifying a robot motion required for the element operation corresponding to the program are included as variables; and the one or more finger position coordinates are all specified, thereby specifying the robot motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Watanabe, Takayuki Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10610303
    Abstract: A virtual reality system providing a virtual robotic surgical environment, and methods for using the virtual reality system, are described herein. The virtual reality system may simulate a robotic surgical environment in which a user may operate both a robotically-controlled surgical instrument using a handheld controller and a manual laparoscopic surgical instrument while adjacent a patient table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Eric Mark Johnson, Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy, Bernard Fai Kin Siu, Haoran Yu
  • Patent number: 10595887
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a surgical instrument, an end effector, a control circuit, and a sensor configured to transmit a sensor signal indicative of a closure parameter of the end effector. The control circuit is configured to adjust a closure rate of change parameter and the closure threshold parameter based on perioperative information received from one or more data sources and a sensor signal received from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10552803
    Abstract: Methods and systems for proactively preventing hazardous or other situations in a robot-cloud interaction are provided. An example method includes receiving information associated with task logs for a plurality of robotic devices. The task logs may include information associated with tasks performed by the plurality of robotic devices. The method may also include a computing system determining information associated with hazardous situations based on the information associated with the task logs. For example, the hazardous situations may comprise situations associated with failures of one or more components of the plurality of robotic devices. According to the method, information associated with a contextual situation of a first robotic device may be determined, and when the information associated with the contextual situation is consistent with information associated with the one or more hazardous situations, an alert indicating a potential failure of the first robotic device may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: James J. Kuffner, Jr., Ryan Hickman
  • Patent number: 10537995
    Abstract: When teaching a robot, at least one processor brings a first object and a second object into contact with each other with a first force by using the robot, and generates teaching data based on the contact. When causing the robot to perform an operation according to the teaching data, the at least one processor causes the first object and the second object to be fitted to each other with a second force greater than the first force, by using the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Shimodaira
  • Patent number: 10491290
    Abstract: A controller, a wireless module and a wireless repeater, by which a possibility of interruption of wireless communication between the controller and a wireless operation panel can be significantly reduced. The wireless system includes a robot and a controller for controlling the robot. When the robot is to be taught, a human uses a wireless teaching pendant so as to teach the robot. The controller has a wireless module for wirelessly communicating with the teaching pendant, and the wireless module is configured to receive a signal from the teaching pendant via at least one wireless repeater, as well as a signal directly transmitted from the teaching pendant. In other words, the wireless module receives a multiplexed signal generated by multiplexing signals from the teaching pendant by using at least one wireless repeater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidesato Takaoki
  • Patent number: 10478965
    Abstract: Provided is a robot system including a robot; a control device configured to control the robot; a portable teach pendant connected to the control device; and a teaching handle attached to the robot and connected to the control device, where the teach pendant is provided with a first enable switch configured to permit operation of the robot by the teach pendant, the teaching handle is provided with a second enable switch configured to permit operation of the robot by the teaching handle, and the control device enables operation of the robot by the teaching handle only when the first enable switch is in an off state and the second enable switch is switched to the on state, and enables operation of the robot by the teach pendant only when the second enable switch is in an off state and the first enable switch is switched to the on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Gou Inaba, Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Hiromitsu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10456921
    Abstract: Provided is an industrial-robot control device including a microphone attached to an industrial robot, a specific-sound detector that detects a specific sound from a sound picked up by the microphone, and a controller that allows the industrial robot to operate only during a period in which the specific sound is detected by the specific-sound detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroji Nishi, Shunichi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10437841
    Abstract: Representative embodiments disclose mechanisms to automatically rank and select extensions triggered in a digital assistant. A sample set of extensions are executed against a set of curated queries in order to extract a set of features and/or statistics. The system trains a machine learning model based on the features and/or statistics to rank and select extensions based on their response to a query. New extension incorporated into the system are executed against a second set of curated queries to obtain a set of extracted features and/or statistics which are saved for use at runtime. At runtime, a query phrase received by the system triggers one or more tasks from extensions. Extracted features for the triggered extensions are combined with stored features/statistics and at least a subset of the results presented to the trained ranking and selection model. The model ranks and selects appropriate tasks which are presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Robichaud
  • Patent number: 10406689
    Abstract: A simulation apparatus acquires a position and an operating speed in each drive axis of the robot at a set point set for each minute section of a motion path of the robot when an operation program of a robot is executed. The simulation apparatus comprises a stop position estimation part that estimates a stop position where the robot is stopped after moving by inertia in each dive axis, based on the position in each drive axis of the robot, the operating speed in each drive axis, and the weight of the work tool, when an emergency stop of the robot is performed at the set point. The simulation apparatus comprises a swept space calculation part that calculates a swept space of three-dimensional models of the robot and the work tool based on the stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Takeda
  • Patent number: 10328585
    Abstract: A robot control device provided correspondingly to each of a plurality of robots, individually, includes an input interface unit, a control unit, an output interface unit, and a safety circuit unit. The input interface unit receives a signal from an outside of the robot control device. The control unit stops an operation of the corresponding robot when determining that a safety signal is not input to the input interface unit. The output interface unit outputs a signal to the outside of the robot control device. The safety circuit unit has a function of monitoring whether a failure occurs in the safety circuit unit. The safety circuit unit outputs a signal same as the safety signal to the output interface unit when determining that no failure occurs in the safety circuit unit, and determining that the safety signal is input to the input interface unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Hiroshi Endo
  • Patent number: 10300606
    Abstract: Technologies pertaining to human-robot interaction are described herein. The robot includes a computer-readable memory that comprises a model that, with respect to successful completions of a task, is fit to observed data, where at least some of such observed data pertains to a condition that is controllable by the robot, such as position of the robot or distance between the robot and a human. A task that is desirably performed by the robot is to cause the human to engage with the robot. The model is updated while the robot is online, such that behavior of the robot adapts over time to increase the likelihood that the robot will successfully complete the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dinei A. Florencio, Douglas GuimarĂ£es Macharet, Dan Bohus
  • Patent number: 10279480
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer readable media applicable to robots, such as balancing robots. Some implementations are directed to determining multiple measures of a property of a robot for a given time and determining a final measure of the property of the robot for the given time based on the multiple measures. One or more control commands may be generated based on the final measure of the property and provided to one or more actuators of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Holson, Jeffrey Bingham, Ben Berkowitz
  • Patent number: 10224859
    Abstract: A motor control device includes a detecting unit configured to detect rotation of a motor to be controlled and output a rotation detection value related to the rotation; a drive control unit configured to perform drive control to rotate the motor at a control target value increasing with time based on the rotation detection value; and an abnormality detection unit configured to perform an abnormality detection process for detecting an abnormality in the drive control based on the rotation detection value and a predetermined threshold. The drive control unit performs control to stop rotation of the motor when the abnormality is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kiguchi, Takeo Seki, Natsuko Ishizuka, Takuya Murata
  • Patent number: 10210773
    Abstract: A method including determining an orientation of a display of a welding torch relative to a joint of a workpiece, displaying, on the display of the welding torch during a welding operation, a graphical representation of a welding parameter in relation to a predetermined threshold range for the welding parameter as a position of the welding torch changes, the orientation of the welding torch changes, a movement of the welding torch changes, or some combination thereof, and rotating the graphical representation of the welding parameter based at least in part on the determined orientation of the display of the welding torch relative to the joint. The graphical representation of the welding parameter is associated with the position of the welding torch relative to the joint, the orientation of the welding torch relative to the joint, the movement of the welding torch relative to the joint, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Jeffrey Dale Weber, Jeremy John Erdmann
  • Patent number: 10201435
    Abstract: A robotic assembly control system is disclosed. The robotic assembly control system includes an exoskeleton apparatus adapted to be worn by a user, at least one robotic assembly, the at least one robotic assembly controlled by the user by way of the exoskeleton, and at least one mobile platform, the at least one mobile platform controlled by the user and wherein the at least one robotic assembly is attached to the at least one mobile platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dirk A. van der Merwe, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Stewart M. Coulter, Christopher M. Werner, Michael J. Slate, Ethan D. Stern
  • Patent number: 10200669
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may, for example, receive a request for a telepresence seat at an event, obtain media content comprising event images of the event that are captured by an event camera system, receive images that are captured by a camera system at a user location, and provide the media content and video content representative of the images to a processor for presentation at a display device utilizing a telepresence configuration that simulates the first and second users being present at the event, where the providing of the first and second video content establishes a communication session between the first and second users. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tara Hines, Andrea Basso, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 10166673
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for controlling a robot and a method therefor. The portable apparatus includes: an orientation sensor adapted for measuring orientation of the portable apparatus; an HMI device adapted for detecting two-dimensional manual motion relative to the HMI device; and a processing unit adapted for receiving a first signal representing the measured orientation of the portable apparatus and a second signal representing the detected two-dimensional manual motion relative to the HMI device and controlling a part of the robot to move in a direction in consideration of the measured orientation of the portable apparatus and the detected two-dimensional manual motion relative to the HMI device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Maciej Orman, Wanli Jiang, Carlos Martinez, Jacek Plesnar
  • Patent number: 10127792
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing situational awareness for a tool operator and an individual approaching a working field of the tool are described. An example method includes activating a first device, where the first device has a working field and has an operational path configured to intersect a barrier. A proximity sensor of the second device then detects a presence of an object in a sensor zone of the second device. The second device transmits a wireless signal to the first device indicating the presence of the object in the sensor zone of the second device. Then at least one of the first device and the second device issues a first alert indicating the presence of the object in the sensor zone of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea, Daniel J. Wright
  • Patent number: 10086513
    Abstract: A wearable robot device includes a frame, a detector provided on the frame for collecting information on a force applied from a user, a controller for determining a required amount of torque necessary for an operation of the wearable robot device based on the information collected by the detector, and for determining a sound corresponding to the required amount of torque, and an output unit for outputting the determined sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jung Mi Park, Hyunjin Kang, Jimin Han, Jia Lee
  • Patent number: 10076425
    Abstract: The invention refers to the area of control of a limb device in the form of an artificial limb for a human or a robot limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Dario Farina, Dejan Popovic, Bernhard Graimann, Marko Markovic, Strahinja Dosen
  • Patent number: 10048851
    Abstract: A robot operation apparatus includes a touch panel, a display, an operation detecting unit capable of detecting a touch operation or a drag operation on the touch panel, a motion command generating unit that generates a motion command for operating a robot, and a display control unit that controls display content of the display. The motion command generating unit performs a motion speed determining process in which a motion speed of the robot is determined based on a slide distance that is a distance from a start position of a drag operation detected by the operation detecting unit to a current position. The display control unit performs a speed graphics display process in which a speed graphics in which the slide distance and the motion speed of the robot are correlated and that changes in aspect in accompaniment with changes in the slide distance is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Daisuke Yui, Motoki Kanada, Atsuko Sugano, Hirota Touma
  • Patent number: 9958862
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling an industrial robot relative to an intuitive motion coordinate system. The current 3D position of a touch-screen teach pendant relative to the robot is sensed, and an operator-centric frame of reference is developed relative to the robot-centric frame of reference. A simulacra of the robot is generated, oriented so as to correspond with an operator view of the robot from the current position of the controller, and displayed on the pendant. A motion-control construction, generated and displayed on the pendant, is adapted to receive jog commands from the operator indicative of a respective incremental movement of the simulacra in the operator-centric frame of reference. Each jog command is transformed from the operator-centric frame of reference to the robot-centric frame of reference, and the robot moved in accordance with the transformed jog command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Yaskawa America, Inc.
    Inventors: Chetan Kapoor, Ratheesh Rajan
  • Patent number: 9927809
    Abstract: Various techniques are described to facilitate the control of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A graphical user interface (GUI) is provided that allows a user to control a UAV using familiar gestures. The GUI may include live video that is captured and transmitted by a UAV, which may be displayed in a display window on a portable computing device. Upon a user interacting with the display window, the video may be updated to display a new UAV perspective by changing a zoom level, panning, rotating, etc., based upon the type of user interaction. In response to the user interaction, a command may be generated and transmitted to the UAV, causing the UAV to navigate to a location to reflect the change in perspective. Upon the UAV moving to the new position, the live video data that is displayed may match the perspective indicated by the user gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathan L. Tofte, Brian N. Harvey
  • Patent number: 9894317
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device, including: a camera that captures a real space; a communication unit that communicates with a terminal device used by a remote user; a streaming control unit that streams a first video captured by the camera from the communication unit to the terminal device if the information processing device itself is selected by the remote user from among a plurality of devices that capture the real space; and a display that displays a user image of the remote user while the first video is being streamed to the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tobita
  • Patent number: 9782895
    Abstract: A pendant provided with a touch panel is provided as a robot operating apparatus. Using the pendant, an operating position of, for example, an operator's touch operation on the touch panel is detected. In the pendant, by calculation responding to the touch operation, a coordinate system having axes is set on the touch panel in response to the touch operation, in which the axes are associated with the axes of a robot. A determination area is also set on the touch panel in the periphery of a start position of the touch operation. The determination area has a predetermined size. In the pendant, an axis being operated of the robot is selected based on an arrival position of the touch operation in the determination area. An operating area on the touch panel is set with the arrival position as the center of the determination area, ensuring a highly-reliable touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Motoki Kanada, Atsuko Sugano, Hirota Touma
  • Patent number: 9779551
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for generating content in augmented reality mode for an equipment item (E) situated in the real world, by employing a mobile terminal (1) provided with a screen (11), the method comprising: a step of determining an augmented reality database stored in an augmented reality server (S1), a step of reading, using the mobile terminal, a matrix code (20) or an electronic tag associated with said equipment item (E), said matrix code (20) or said electronic tag respectively coding or comprising an address linked to a content, a step of memorizing said address, a step of generating a graphical interface component (Wx) corresponding to said address allowing access to said content, a step of memorizing the graphical interface component (Wx) in the database (DB) stored in the augmented reality server (S1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Tewfik Meftah, Benoit Jacquemin
  • Patent number: 9749596
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cloud-based surveillance are disclosed. At least one mobile Input Capture Device (ICD) and the at least one computing device are communicatively connected to the cloud-based analytics platform. The at least one mobile ICD captures and transmits input data to the cloud-based analytics platform. The cloud-based analytics platform processes and analyzes input data from the at least one mobile ICD; and generates commands and updates to the at least one mobile ICD based on the processing and analyzing of the input data. Authorized users are operable to access to the cloud-based analytics platform via a user interface over the at least one computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KIP SMRT P1 LP
    Inventor: Martin A. Renkis
  • Patent number: 9724789
    Abstract: A mobile welding system that does not rely exclusively on a track to define the path of the welder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Matthews, Patrick S. Wahlen, Stephen R. Cole, Bruce A. Schlee, Keith L. Schlee
  • Patent number: 9703282
    Abstract: A portable manipulation command input device, including a sub-console panel attachable to and removable from an automatic lathe apparatus main unit, and includes an input unit to receive input of a manipulation command to the automatic lathe apparatus main unit, a display unit to display information on the automatic lathe apparatus main unit, and a radio communication unit to communicate with the automatic lathe apparatus main unit. The sub-console panel includes a detection unit and a control unit formed with the automatic lathe apparatus main unit. The detection unit includes a radio ID tag and a radio ID reader detecting the sub-console panel being placed within a predetermined range of the automatic lathe apparatus main unit. Depending on a detection result by the detection unit, the control unit allows or restricts manipulations of the automatic lathe apparatus main unit, and allows display of the information even when restricting the manipulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD., MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeo Yanagidaira, Takaichi Nakaya, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Shoji Oda
  • Patent number: RE48257
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing situational awareness for a tool operator and an individual approaching a working field of the tool are described. An example method includes activating a first device, where the first device has a working field and has au operational path configured to intersect a barrier. A proximity sensor of the second device then detects a presence of an object in a sensor zone of the second device. The second device transmits a wireless signal to the first device indicating the presence of the object in the sensor zone of the second device. Then at least one of the first device and the second device issues a first alert indicating the presence of the object in the sensor zone of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea, Daniel J. Wright