Orientation (e.g., Posture, Pose) Patents (Class 700/62)
  • Patent number: 9026235
    Abstract: An automation and motion control system for theatrical objects, such as theatrical props, cameras, stunt persons, lighting, scenery, drapery or other similar types of devices or items, is provided to coordinate the movement of the objects on a large scale and/or to control the operation of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Scott Fisher
  • Patent number: 8961399
    Abstract: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with articulatable instruments extending out of its distal end, an entry guide manipulator providing controllable four degrees-of-freedom movement of the entry guide, and a controller configured to limit joint velocities in the entry guide manipulator so as to prevent movement of tips of the articulatable instruments from exceeding a maximum allowable linear velocity when the entry guide manipulator is being used to move the entry guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicola Diolaiti
  • Patent number: 8903517
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Patent number: 8892222
    Abstract: The fume extraction system (10) includes a fume hood (12) located at the end of an articulated exhaust duct robotic arm (14) Three pairs of photoelectric sensors (34, 36, 38, 40, 42 and 44) are provided on the fume hood (12) to sense the presence of an electric welding arc (64) The system (10) includes a control unit (50) that generates command signals for the arm (14) based on signals received from the sensors so as to automatically position the hood (12) over the arc (64) and maintain a predetermined height distance between them A method of automatically positioning a fume hood is also disclosed The system and the method can provide a more dependable operation than ever before without the need of a complex construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Diversitech Equipment and Sales (1984) Ltd.
    Inventors: Marvin Simms, Jared Simms, Mark Van Vliet, Mario Santoianni
  • Patent number: 8838409
    Abstract: An installation error estimating device has a predicted pattern acquirer which obtains a predicted positioning distribution pattern, which is obtained by computing a characteristic pattern of a predicted positioning distribution obtained by predicting a logical positioning distribution, at each observation point where a wireless tag is installed for positioning; and an observation data inputter to which positioning results obtained from the wireless tags by a tag reader are input as observation data. A dispersion pattern analyzer computes a characteristic pattern of a measured positioning distribution, which is obtained by statistical analysis of the applicable positioning result, as a measured positioning distribution pattern at each observation point based on the observation. An installation error estimator computes the installation error for the tag reader using the predicted positioning distribution patterns obtained and the measured positioning distribution patterns computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masamoto Tanabiki, Takashi Shimojima, Makoto Yasugi
  • Patent number: 8663091
    Abstract: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with articulatable instruments extending out of its distal end, an entry guide manipulator providing controllable four degrees-of-freedom movement of the entry guide, and a controller configured to limit joint velocities in the entry guide manipulator so as to prevent movement of tips of the articulatable instruments from exceeding a maximum allowable linear velocity when the entry guide manipulator is being used to move the entry guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicola Diolaiti
  • Patent number: 8657736
    Abstract: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with articulatable instruments extending out of its distal end, an entry guide manipulator providing controllable four degrees-of-freedom movement of the entry guide, and a controller configured to limit joint velocities in the entry guide manipulator so as to prevent movement of tips of the articulatable instruments from exceeding a maximum allowable linear velocity when the entry guide manipulator is being used to move the entry guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicola Diolaiti
  • Patent number: 8606388
    Abstract: A system automatically moves large scale components of a vehicle such as an airplane, into final assembly alignment. A noncontact measurement system determines the locations of aerodynamically significant features on each of the components. The measured locations of the components are used to control an automated jacking system that includes assembly jacks for individually moving the components into assembly alignment. A system is provided for calculating the cruise configuration of the vehicle “as-built” and for transferring the cruise configuration into the vehicle where it is recorded in the form of a physical monument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James M. Cobb, John G. Barnes, Alan K. Jones, Brian K. Sollenberger, Patrick B. Stone
  • Patent number: 8599272
    Abstract: An information device includes: an angle detector which outputs data for obtaining a roll angle and a pitch angle of an object; and a corrector which corrects the roll angle based on the pitch angle obtained from the data outputted by the angle detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuroh Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8571707
    Abstract: A glove puppet manipulating system comprises a control module for generating control signals base on movements of human hand and a robot electrically connecting the control module installed inside a glove puppet. The robot has a body manipulating apparatus disposed on a foundation to manipulate the body of the glove puppet to rotate, a pair of hand manipulating apparatuses disposed on the body manipulating apparatus to manipulate the hands of the glove puppet to swivel, and a head manipulating apparatus interposed between the hand manipulating apparatuses on the body manipulating apparatus to manipulate the head of the glove puppet to nod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Jwu-Sheng Hu, Jyun-Ji Wang, Guan-Qun Sun, Chi-Him Tang
  • Patent number: 8548608
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Patent number: 8543227
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Patent number: 8515207
    Abstract: A technique for efficient processing of annotations in images such as panoramic images is herein disclosed. In an embodiment, a first user annotation is received for a feature in a first panorama, and a second user annotation for the same feature is received in a second panorama. The coordinates for the feature can then be generated by computing the intersection between data generated for the first user annotation and for the second user annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Chau
  • Patent number: 8442661
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for projecting a stabilized laser beam from a robot being controlled through a human interface. The laser beam can be stabilized through the use of optics that continuously adjust the aim of the laser beam in response to measurements of the orientation of the robot. The human interface allows the operator to both observe the visual environment of the robot and also to aim the laser beam. The projected laser beam allows the operator to communicate from the perspective of the robot by pointing to objects or locations within the robot's visual environment, creating symbols with the laser beam, and make gestures with the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Anybots 2.0, Inc.
    Inventors: Trevor Blackwell, Daniel Casner, Scott Wiley, Benjamin Nelson
  • Patent number: 8234017
    Abstract: The electric smart meter enabling demand response and method for the demand response are disclosed capable of acquiring an option and response information from a subscriber for enabling an active demand control, and to this end, the electric smart meter is embedded therewithin at least one or more integrated monitoring modules and includes microprocessors for transmitting a power control command to a relevant integrated monitoring module in response to a power control program based on the rate system, and controllably transmitting the measured and monitored data stored in the memory to the master server side via the communication module as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: LS Industrial Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Ho Ahn
  • Patent number: 8219234
    Abstract: A method of producing an object by sequentially printing layers of construction material one on top of the other, the method comprising: providing the construction material at a first lower temperature; flowing the construction material through a heated flow path in a flow structure to heat the construction material and delivering the heated construction material to a heated reservoir in a printing head; and dispensing the heated construction material from the reservoir to build the object layer by layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Objet Geometries Ltd.
    Inventors: Eliahu M. Kritchman, Slava Shtilerman
  • Patent number: 8165403
    Abstract: A pose of an object is determine by acquiring sets of images of the object by a camera, wherein the object has a thread arranged on a surface such that a local region of the object appears substantially spherical, wherein the camera is at a different point of view for each set, and wherein each image in each set is acquired while the scene is illuminated from a different direction. A set of features is extracted from each image, wherein the features correspond to points on the surface having normals towards the camera. A parametric line is fitted to the points for each image, wherein the line lies on a plane joining a center of the camera and an axis of the object. Then, geometric constraints are applied to lines to determine the pose of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Srikumar Ramalingam, Ashok Veeraraghavan, Yuichi Taguchi, Cuneyt Oncel Tuzel, Nitesh Shroff
  • Patent number: 8155385
    Abstract: A vehicle-periphery-image-providing system may include an image-capturing unit, a viewpoint-change unit, an image-composition unit, an object-decttion unit, a line-width-setting unit, and a line-selection unit. The image-capturing units, such as cameras, capture images outside a vehicle periphery and generate image-data items. The viewpoint-change unit generates a bird's-eye-view image for each image-data item based on the image-data item so that end portions of the real spaces corresponding to two adjacent bird's-eye-view images overlap each other. The image-composition unit generates a bird's-eye-view-composite image by combining the bird's-eye-view images according to a predetermined layout. The object-detection unit detects an object existing in the real space corresponding to a portion where the bird's-eye-view images of the bird's-eye-composite image are joined to each other. The line-width-setting unit sets the width of the line image corresponding to the joining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaki Mizuta
  • Patent number: 8032605
    Abstract: A method of causing movement of at least one target device based on at least one of a plurality of motion programs stored on a content server connected to a network. At least one identified characteristic of the at least one target device is identified. At least one selected motion program is selected from the plurality of motion programs stored on the content server. The at least one identified characteristic and the at least one selected motion program are transferred to the motion server. A motion media data set is generated at the motion server for the target motion device based on the at least one identified characteristic of the target device and the at least one selected motion program. The motion media data set is transferred from the motion server to the target motion device to cause the target device to perform the desired sequence of movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Roy-G-Biv Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Brown, Jay S. Clark
  • Patent number: 8032238
    Abstract: A mechanical system selectively imparts a prescribed motion to an output load using two or more actuators, including at least one having an active material element. The output load can be a locking member when the system is a vehicle transmission, a shuttle car of a linear system, or another device. A controller determines a total motive force required for imparting the prescribed motion, and selectively commands a combination of the actuators to provide the total motive force, apportioning the total motive force between the various actuators to optimize the performance of the system. An algorithm determines which combination of the actuators is the most suitable in moving the output load, and continuously modified this combination as needed as the output load is moved. The other actuator or actuators are then selectively energized as needed to provide the total motive force depending on this suitability determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nilesh D. Mankame, Alan L. Browne, Paul W. Alexander, Nancy L. Johnson, Norman K. Bucknor
  • Patent number: 8024069
    Abstract: A method for mapping a motion of a first object within a first motion path defined by a path planner based on a second motion path of a second object. The method includes creating the first motion path for the first object using the path planner, initializing a start position of the first object within the first motion path, determining a value for an initial condition for each segment of a plurality of segments in the first motion path created by the path planner, and calculating an elapsed time between a current sample call time to the path planner and a last sample call time to the path planner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel H. Miller, William Lindsay Morrison
  • Patent number: 7917242
    Abstract: Illustrative computer-executable methods, systems, and computer software program products compute assembly jack locations to align parts for assembly. Initial locations of at least one component to be moved and a desired final location for the at least one component to be moved are determined from initial position measurement data for the at least one component to be moved and the final location. Motion to align the at least one component to be moved with the final location is automatically determined. Optimal displacements of assembly jacks to produce the determined motion are automatically determined. After movement, location of the at least one moved part at a final assembled position is automatically determined. If applicable, data regarding additional assembly jack displacement can be inputted, the determined optimal location for the at least one part to be moved can be adjusted, and additional motion due to additional assembly jack displacement can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Alan K. Jones
  • Patent number: 7860588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for positioning a feeder needle, and to a production line for optical components, in which a feeder needle of an apparatus for portioning fluid material, preferably softened glass, in particular of a needle feeder, has its position relative to a seat for the feeder needle recorded by means of a force-measuring device, and to further apparatuses which realize this method and to objects produced by the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Ralf Bonitz, Peter Duerolf
  • Patent number: 7805208
    Abstract: A system is provided for positioning a control element. The control unit positions the control element. A limit signal transmitter monitors achievement of an expected position of the control element. The control unit and the limit signal transmitter are each electrically powered separately from each other. A sensor for sensing a position of the control element is connected to both the control unit and the limit signal transmitter such that at least one position signal of the sensor is received by the limit signal transmitter and the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Samson Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Guido Koenig
  • Patent number: 7643933
    Abstract: An overturn prevention control device includes a bicycle robot capable of freely laterally inclining, an angular velocity sensor mounted on the bicycle robot such that a detection axis thereof extends in a substantially longitudinal direction of the bicycle robot, a motor mounted on the body such that a rotating shaft thereof extends in a substantially longitudinal direction of the body, a rotation sensor that detects a rotational position or a rotational speed of the motor, and an inertial rotor coupled to the rotating shaft of the motor. The overturn prevention control device corrects inclination of the bicycle robot by rotating the inertial rotor using the motor and by utilizing a reaction torque occurring when the inertial rotor is rotated. The overturn prevention control device further includes an inclination angle estimating portion arranged to estimate an inclination angle relative to a balanced state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuhiko Hirata
  • Patent number: 7640068
    Abstract: A surveying instrument performs tracking of a target by controlling an orientation of a measuring unit relative to the target in two different angular directions. The control in one angular direction is based on detected light intensities which are modulated according to a first time pattern, and control of the orientation in the other angular direction is based on detected light intensities modulated according to a second time pattern just different from the first time pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Trimble AB
    Inventors: Johan Johnson, Anneli Utterback
  • Publication number: 20090110532
    Abstract: An apparatus for centering a substrate in a track lithography tool includes a processing chamber having an opening large enough to admit the substrate. The processing chamber includes a substrate support member. The substrate is characterized by a diameter and comprises a mounting surface, a process surface, and an edge. The apparatus also includes a clamped robot blade including a substrate support surface adapted to support the mounting surface of the substrate, two edge contact regions, and a base contact region. The clamped robot blade also includes a clamping system adapted to move at least one of the two edge contact regions or the base contact region from an unclamped position to a clamped position, thereby making contact between the edge of the substrate and the two edge contact regions and the base contact region in the clamped position. The apparatus further includes a robot arm coupled to the clamped robot blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: SOKUDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mohsen S. Salek
  • Patent number: 7376473
    Abstract: An automatic LPG tank insertion apparatus for automobiles has a rotary column provided with a lift body, which has a support arm. A rotating plate is rotatably mounted to the support arm such that yaw, pitch, and roll of the rotating plate can be controlled separately. Clamping devices are mounted on the rotating plate to selectively clamp an LPG tank. A trunk opening area measuring device includes a base unit, a guide shaft, a ruler shaft, and an encoder. Trunk opening sizes and LPG tank dimensions for various vehicle models are stored in a control computer. When vehicle model is input to the control computer, yaw, pitch, and roll of the rotating plate are adjusted so that the LPG tank can be inserted into a vehicle trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Sun-Kyu Jeon
  • Patent number: 7353135
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus and process for obtaining values for one or more alignment quantities using one or more transportable devices. The process consists of establishing and maintaining a transportable device in a reference position and a reference orientation, then establishing and maintaining the transportable device in a fixed position and orientation with respect to a target object, then determining the transportable object's position and orientation with respect to the target object from measurements of acceleration and angular velocity of the transportable device as it moves from the reference position and orientation to the fixed position and orientation with respect to the target object, determining the position and orientation of the target object from the position and orientation of the transportable device, repeating the preceding steps as required to obtain position and orientation data for other target objects, and finally determining the values of the alignment quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Malm
  • Publication number: 20080059888
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for reconfiguring the graphical user interface (GUI) of a mechanically vibrated touchscreen display associated with a portable mobile communications device that is operable in a variety of modes. The reconfiguration of the GUI is based on the orientation of the portable mobile communications device. An orientation sensing mechanism senses whether the portable mobile communications device is currently in a portrait or landscape orientation. An orientation sensing application accesses an orientation profile that associates each mode of operation with either a portrait or landscape orientation and determines which mode of operation is the default mode for the sensed orientation of the portable mobile communications device. The GUI of the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display is then reconfigured for the default mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB
    Inventor: Gregory A. Dunko
  • Patent number: 7151967
    Abstract: A monitor with an adjustable angle and operating method thereof. The monitor includes a rotation component to control display angle, an OSD (On Screen Display) module, a microprocessor and a motor. The OSD module provides an interface from which a target angle can be selected, and the OSD module transmits a first control signal corresponding to the target angle to the microprocessor. The microprocessor transmits a second control signal corresponding to the first control signal to the motor. The motor drives the rotation component to automatically adjust angle of the monitor to the target angle according to the second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Benq Corporation
    Inventors: Min-Jye Chen, Yun-Wen Liu, Ting-Hui Chih
  • Patent number: 7117047
    Abstract: A method and a system that enable the inspection of large envelopes and complex surfaces. This is accomplished by generating a rotation and translation transform which enables the process monitoring system to define the location of the product placed in a field of view of the process monitoring system, applying the transform to three dimensional CAD data defining the process being performed with respect to the product to provide transformed CAD data representative of three dimensional information in a two dimensional pattern of the process with respect to the process monitoring system, providing placement guidance signals at predetermined locations in relation to a region of the three dimensional product, and providing an inspection data gathering device having a handheld component and providing the predetermined locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Assembly Guidance Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Blake, Buddy Ehrlich, Eric Eisack, Robert Luoma
  • Patent number: 7043335
    Abstract: A regression mirror reflects light from a light projector in a reflecting direction opposite an incident direction. A light receiver combined with the light projector in a unitary unit receives the reflected light from the regression mirror. A detecting unit including an optical sensing unit having the light projector, the light receiver and the reflecting member is disposed so that a wafer is disposed in a moving path along which an optical path of the optical sensing unit moves relative to the wafer. An information-acquiring unit acquires position information of the detecting unit relative to the wafer, an arithmetic unit calculates mapping information about an arrangement of the wafer based on the position information and light-reception information provided by the light receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yoshida, Hirohiko Goto
  • Patent number: 6993413
    Abstract: A manipulator operative in a master/slave operative mode, comprising: a master unit commanding an operation; a slave unit having a work unit; a detector detecting the orientation of the master unit and the orientation of the slave unit; and a control device controlling the slave unit in response to the command from the master unit, wherein the control device includes: a function of determining a non-mater/slave operative mode or a master/slave operative mode; a function of calculating a difference between the orientation of the master unit and the orientationof the slave unit; and a function of comparing the absolute value of the difference with a preset reference value; and depending upon the result of the comparison, determining a normal master/slave operative mode or a transitional master/slave operative mode, in the master/slave operative mode, the transitional master/slave operative mode is a transitional mode from the non-master/slave operative mode to the master/slave operative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takamitsu Sunaoshi
  • Patent number: 6973355
    Abstract: A positioning system including a sensor, a drive sequencer and an actuator. The sensor senses the actuator position and provides position signals to drive the sequencer which responsively computes and drives the actuator in open loop moves containing dwell intervals of position. The actuator positions a mirror or other load means to reflect an optical beam as desired. Either preprogrammed or non-repeating sequences of actuator stopping positions can be synchronized with a laser. During dwell times, mirror position accuracy better than 10 microradians is suitable for tuning CO2 pulse burst or CW lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: J. Gilbert Tisue
  • Patent number: 6778866
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching a person how to perform a specific body motion in a consistent manner is based on electronically measuring one or more parameters of an actual body motion, comparing the one or more measured parameters with corresponding parameters of a target body motion, and providing a sensible feedback to the user based on a degree of correspondence between the one or more measured parameters and the corresponding target parameters. In a particular embodiment, the feedback is audible. More specifically the feedback is a musical tune that has a particular characteristic (such as rhythm) that is particularly suited to a particular body motion (such as a golf swing). The feedback may be in the form of electronically causing the musical tune to go off-key in proportion to a discrepancy between the actual body motion and the target body motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Ted S. Bettwy
  • Patent number: 6731991
    Abstract: A method and system of projecting light on a planar surface to produce an image for tracing is disclosed. The system includes a projector that has a light source and a signal conditioner that is operably connected to the projector. A computer is operably connected to the signal conditioner. A scanner is connected to the projector. A test pattern from the computer is projected from the projector through the scanners to visually align an image to a sector on a work surface. A grid is operably aligned with the work surface. A geometric pattern from the computer is then projected by the projector on the planar work surface for tracing. The method comprises the steps of creating a pattern, tracing lines along the pattern on the planar work surface, cutting the pattern along the traced lines, discarding pieces of the planar surface outside the pattern, and placing edging along an outer edge of the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Laser Force, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Michalski, Christopher J. Stuart, Dennis D. Holpfer
  • Patent number: 6728583
    Abstract: A gamma camera system is described having a user interface by which protocols can be set up for the simultaneous acquisition of different views. Pull-down menus prevent the selection of incompatible simultaneous views for acquisition. The protocol being assembled, including its sequential steps and multiple simultaneous views, are displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Hallett
  • Patent number: 6728596
    Abstract: The system and method herein provide a prealigner that has reduced sensitivity to distorting ambient light influences in the environment of a prealigner integrated in a metrology apparatus. A modulated signal is produced by a photo detector in response to modulated light that is partially shielded by wafer positioned in a gap between light source and detector. The pulsed signal is bandpass filtered and demodulated whereby only the difference between high- and low-levels of the pulsed signal are recognized. Flickering and DC components related to ambient light and other distorting operational influences are removed from the analysis unrecognized. Demodulation is synchronously accomplished together with a switching of the light source's power supply. For stable voltage levels of the power supply, a current source is buffered during off-intervals for a constant load on the current source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Therma-Wave, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Lindseth
  • Patent number: 6701196
    Abstract: A control unit (14) makes an end effector (10) compliant with respect to an x-axis and a y-axis which are perpendicular to a z-axis parallel to a direction in which a shaft (20) is moved for insertion and makes the end effector (10) produce a pressing force acting in a direction parallel to the z-axis to press the shaft (20) against an internally toothed disk (22). The control unit (14) moves the compliance center of the shaft (20) along a predetermined groping route in a state where the pressing force acting in the direction parallel to the z-axis is produced by the end effector (10). The shaft (20) gripped by the end effector (10) repeats radially outward movement from a position near the center of the center opening (22b) of the internally toothed disk (22) in different phases in an xy plane defined by the x-axis and the y-axis to find a position where the splines (20a) of the shaft (20) are able to engage the internal teeth (22a) of the outermost internally toothed disk (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Kawaskai Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Itoko, Keizo Miyahara, Hiroaki Kagaya, Jun Fujimori
  • Patent number: 6697683
    Abstract: A positioning system including a sensor, a drive sequencer and an actuator. The sensor senses the actuator position and provides position signals to drive the sequencer which responsively computes and drives the actuator in open loop moves containing dwell intervals of position. The actuator positions a mirror or other load means to reflect an optical beam as desired. Either preprogrammed or non-repeating sequences of actuator stopping positions can be synchronized with a laser. During dwell times, mirror position accuracy better than 10 microradians is suitable for tuning CO2 pulse burst or CW lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: J. Gilbert Tisue
  • Patent number: 6631301
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for producing products and a method of controlling such an apparatus, having a programmable logic controller—PLC—an axis control system, for controlling axes, and a visualization system for displaying processes and/or process parameters. In known apparatus of this type, the PLC, the axis control system and the visualization system are implemented in physically self-contained appliances. Linking these components requires a great deal of effort both during construction and during operation of the apparatus. The data interchange between the components requires an “overhead” in order to ensure the communication between the components. This is disadvantageous. The invention therefore seeks to improve such manufacturing apparatus and control methods in that the PLC, the axis control system and the visualization system run on a common physical appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Stephan Schröter, Denis Murnikow
  • Publication number: 20030045949
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, control system and computer program product are provided for controllably positioning the solar concentrator. The method, apparatus, control system and computer program product determine the respective errors generated by more and different error sources than prior techniques, including error sources selected from the group consisting of a gravitational residue error, an elevation transfer function error and an error attributable to atmospheric refraction. Based upon the respective errors, the method, apparatus, control system and computer program product determine an elevation command and an azimuth command to compensate for the vertical error and the horizontal error between the centerline of the solar concentrator and the sun reference vector such that the solar concentrator can be more precisely positioned, thereby improving the efficiency with which the solar concentrator collects solar energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Kenneth Wayne Stone, James A. Kiefer
  • Patent number: 6487461
    Abstract: A method for aligning a plurality of thin film transistor tiles for constructing a flat panel display. A coverplate is arranged on a coverplate support. A first layer of a bonding material is applied to at least one of a first side of each of the tiles and a surface of the coverplate on which the tiles are to be secured. The tiles are arranged on the coverplate, such that the first layer of bonding material is arranged between the tiles and the coverplate. The tiles are connected to an alignment apparatus. The tiles are aligned relative to each other and the coverplate. The tiles are at least partially secured to the coverplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Gaynes, Allan O. Johnson, Ramesh R. Kodnani, Mark V. Pierson, Edward J. Tasillo
  • Publication number: 20020055789
    Abstract: A method of recording aligned images on two sides of a printed circuit board substrate, comprising:
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Inventors: Barry Ben-Ezra, Abraham Gross, Hanan Gino, Boris Kling, Dan Alon
  • Patent number: 6249713
    Abstract: A computer-controlled method for automatically positioning a guide for a biopsy needle for its proper insertion into the body of a patient from a selected point on a surface of the body, so as to enter in a straight line passing through a designated target region within the body, in conjunction with an imaging system utilizing radiation from first and second source positions for deriving first and second radiographic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernhard Geiger, Nassir Navab
  • Patent number: 6167321
    Abstract: An interface module for a communications system includes a processing device and a peripheral device which are interconnected through a communications bus. The interface module includes a transceiver interface and a protection circuit. The protection circuit is positioned between the transceiver interface and a port configured to receive a signal from a terminal of the communications bus. The protection circuit is further configured to automatically provide a protection voltage to the transceiver interface if a power supply for the transceiver interface is inactive. The protection voltage is derived from the signal received at the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: QLogic Corporation
    Inventors: Ting-Li Chan, Thinh D. Tran
  • Patent number: 6041263
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for simulating and optimizing a plant model. The plant model having a multiplicity of equipment models for a desired processing plant and a multiplicity of local property models for the material components within the plant includes providing a set of initial values for each property model in a data storage area. A first set of coefficients in each property model is determined. A set of equations representing the equipment models and property models, wherein the property models having a complementarity formulation, are executed simultaneously by the digital processor by using the first set of coefficients to determine a second set of coefficients in each property model. The second set of coefficients are stored in the data storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Aspen Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Boston, Ian Boys