Coordinate Positioning Patents (Class 702/95)
  • Patent number: 11988781
    Abstract: An extrinsic calibration method of multiple 3D LiDAR sensors for an autonomous navigation system is proposed, the method including collecting point clouds by each of the multiple 3D LiDAR sensors; extracting multiple target planes corresponding to a plane from the point clouds of each of the 3D LiDAR sensors; by using the target plane of any one of the multiple 3D LiDAR sensors as a reference plane, detecting a corresponding plane from the target planes of each of the remaining of the 3D LiDAR sensors on the basis of a similarity with the reference plane; calculating initial extrinsic parameters for matching between the reference plane and the corresponding plane based on plane parameters of the reference plane and corresponding plane corresponding to each other; and calculating final extrinsic parameters that minimize variance of measurement points for the reference plane and corresponding plane, on the basis of the initial extrinsic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Woojin Chung, Hyunsuk Lee
  • Patent number: 11972922
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a scanning charged particle microscope, such as a scanning electron microscope (SEM), is provided. The method includes dividing a wafer into a plurality of regions; preparing, on each of the plurality of regions, a pattern including a first periodic structure interleaved with a second periodic structure, the first and second periodic structures having an induced offset; determining an actual pitch the first and second periodic structures and thereby determining actual induced offset on each of the plurality of regions; selecting a plurality of regions from among the plurality of regions; measuring, by the SEM, a pitch of first and second periodic structures on each of the plurality of regions; and performing linearity calibration on the SEM based on the determining and the measuring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hermanus Adrianus Dillen, Wim Tjibbo Tel, Willem Louis Van Mierlo
  • Patent number: 11899639
    Abstract: A first combined key may be generated based on a geographic location, a first time, and a first user that are associated with a first event. The first combined key and first data indicating the first event may be stored in a database, the first combined key configured to identify the first data. A second combined key may be generated based on the geographic location, a second time, and a second user that are associated with a second event. The second combined key and second data indicating the second event may be stored in the database, the second combined key configured to identify the second data. A set of events associated with the geographic location and comprising the first event and the second event may be presented by retrieving the first data and the second data using the first combined key and the second combined key, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: Lemon Inc., Beijing Youzhuju Network Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Viacheslav Dubeyko, Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 11782459
    Abstract: A deflection amount calculation device configured to calculate a deflection amount in a reference direction of a component constituting an industrial machine, the deflection amount calculation device including: a deflection amount acquisition unit configured to acquire, as an actual deflection amount, a measured value of a deviation amount at a predetermined position before and after an actual load is applied to a given position of the component; an ideal deflection amount calculation unit configured to, based on an ideal model of the component, calculate an ideal value of the actual deflection amount as an ideal deflection amount; and a self-weight deflection amount calculation unit configured to, based on the actual deflection amount and the ideal deflection amount, calculate a self-weight deflection amount caused by a self-weight of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya Hiranuma
  • Patent number: 11714175
    Abstract: A calibration device includes a base, a support column coupled to the base and extending in a first direction, and a crossbar coupled to the support column. The crossbar includes a positioning base and a carrier. The positioning base is fixed to the support column. The carrier is coupled to the positioning base and rotatable about a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The carrier includes a distance sensor and a calibration platform. The calibration platform mounts a depth camera. The carrier is configured to rotate about the second direction to rotate an optical axis of the depth camera in a first calibration plane defined by the first direction and a third direction. The third direction is perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao-Fang Zhang, Yen-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 11629835
    Abstract: A system for automatically calibrating sensors of a vehicle includes an electronic control unit, a projector communicatively coupled to the electronic control unit, a first sensor communicatively coupled to the electronic control unit, and a second sensor communicatively coupled to the electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to project, with the projector, a calibration pattern onto a surface, capture, with the first sensor, a first portion of the calibration pattern, capture, with the second sensor, a second portion of the calibration pattern, and calibrate the first sensor and the second sensor based on at least one feature sensed within the first portion of the calibration pattern and the second portion of the calibration pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: James J. Kuffner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11609089
    Abstract: A method for evaluating measurement data from a measurement of a plurality of workpieces includes obtaining a set of measurement data. Each workpiece has an associated set of measurement data. The set of measurement data corresponds to measurement points of the workpieces. The set of measurement data has, for each measurement point of the workpieces, at least one measured coordinate and/or, for each measured coordinate, a divergence from a comparison coordinate. The method includes determining a measure of the correlation of the measured coordinates and/or of the divergences is determined for a plurality of the sets of measurement data, in each case in relation to a pair of measurement points that consists of two measurement points of the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Rüger, Daniel Görsch
  • Patent number: 11521872
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include a method of calibrating a processing chamber. In an embodiment, the method comprises placing a sensor wafer onto a support surface in the processing chamber, wherein a process kit displaceable in the Z-direction is positioned around the support surface. In an embodiment, the method further comprises measuring a first gap distance between the sensor wafer and the process kit with a sensor on an edge surface of the sensor wafer. In an embodiment, the method further comprises displacing the process kit in the Z-direction. In an embodiment, the method further comprises measuring an additional gap distance between the sensor wafer and the process kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles G. Potter, Eli Mor, Sergio Lopez Carbajal
  • Patent number: 11501464
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises a camera and a controller. The camera generates a captured image. The controller superimposes a calibration object movable by translation or rotation in the captured image. In the case where a plurality of indexes I located at positions determined with respect to a moveable body having the camera mounted therein are subjected to imaging, the controller moves the calibration object so that a first corresponding portion coincides with an image of a first index of the plurality of indexes, and performs distortion correction on an area in the captured image determined based on a position of the image of the first index and a position of an image of a second index in the captured image and a position at which the calibration object is superimposed so that the image of the second index coincides with a second corresponding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Shota Iwano, Katsumi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 11429079
    Abstract: A pick-and-place machine module is provided. The pick-and-place machine module includes a nozzle and a collet disk. The nozzle includes a body, a head and a tubular element extending between the body and the head such that the head is communicative with the body via the tubular element to enable a pick-up of a component by the head. The collet disk is affixed to a surface of the body facing the head about the tubular element and is configured to reflect light incident thereon toward an area of the base surrounding the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Kristopher W. Carlson, Christopher S. Bender
  • Patent number: 11409001
    Abstract: A method for tilt measurement and compensation of a GNSS RTK surveying instrument based on a GNSS receiver and an IMU sensor is proposed. Based on the algorithm principle of the Kalman filter, the prediction and the correction of the designed multi-dimensional unknown state variable are cycled for multiple times to make the multi-dimensional unknown state variable approach the true value as much as possible. Then, based on the multi-dimensional unknown state variable, the latest three-dimensional attitude angle from the XYZ coordinate system to the NED coordinate system and the latest rotation matrix can be obtained efficiently and accurately. Finally, the coordinate of the antenna phase center of the GNSS receiver is reduced to the coordinate of the bottom end of the pole by a geometric transformation. In addition, no factory calibration is needed as the self-calibration can always be done during the operation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignees: Feyman (Beijing) Technology Co. Ltd, Feyman Technology (USA) Inc
    Inventors: Junjie Liu, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 11346702
    Abstract: Systems and methods of diagnosing performance of a level sensor of a fluid test chamber, including a data acquisition and processing unit configured to receive output signals of one or more level sensors that are installed to a fluid chamber, the data acquisition and processing unit being configured to connect to the one or more level sensors to record and process the output signals to test operation of the one or more level sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation
    Inventor: Alexander Hashem Hashemian
  • Patent number: 11287800
    Abstract: A method for a device to monitor performance of a manufacturing machine which is equipped with a fixture for holding a workpiece, the fixture having at least one fixing hole, includes obtaining actual coordinate values of the fixing hole in a plurality of machining processes and calculating a standard deviation of the coordinates in at least one axial direction according to the actual coordinate values and a preset standard coordinate value. A risk index in at least one axial direction is calculated according to the standard deviation and a preset tolerance and a determination made as to whether risk index exceeds a preset threshold. A warning is sent to the machine and supervising engineer if the risk exceeds the preset threshold. A machine monitoring device and a computer readable storage medium are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: FU DING ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (JIASHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Jing Luo, Hang Shen, Yu-Xue Shi
  • Patent number: 11246249
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a dispensing unit assembly configured to dispense viscous material and a gantry coupled to the frame. The gantry is configured to support the dispensing unit assembly and to move the dispensing unit assembly in x-axis and y-axis directions. The dispensing unit assembly includes a support bracket secured to the gantry and a movable bracket rotatably coupled to the support bracket by a first strain wave gear system configured to enable the rotation of the movable bracket with respect to the support bracket about a first axis. The dispensing unit assembly further includes a dispensing unit rotatably coupled to the movable bracket by a second strain wave gear system configured to enable the rotation of the dispensing unit with respect to the movable bracket about a second axis generally perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Prentice, Fernando J. Aguiar, Scott A. Reid
  • Patent number: 11165945
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including an information acquisition unit that acquires camera location information indicating locations of a plurality of imaging cameras located in an imaging space, and an evaluation unit that acquires calibration accuracy obtained in a case of locating a calibration camera in the imaging space on a basis of the location of each of the plurality of imaging cameras indicated by the camera location information and a location of the calibration camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Oryoji
  • Patent number: 10990222
    Abstract: A method includes: placing a first physical object at each of a first plurality of locations on a trackpad; while the first object is at each of the first plurality of locations, registering respective first readings from each of a second plurality of force sensors of the trackpad, the first plurality greater than the second plurality; selecting a first plurality of sensitivity parameters for the trackpad based at least in part on the first readings; and providing the first plurality of sensitivity parameters to force sensing circuitry of the trackpad, the force sensing circuitry coupled to the second plurality of force sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jianxun Wang, Igor Markovsky, Debanjan Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10909730
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing motion-corrected MR images that include an MRI scanner with a plurality of coils in which the plurality of coils is configured to detect a plurality of MR imaging datasets are provided. Each MR imaging dataset includes a plurality of MR signals detected by one coil of the plurality of coils. The system further includes a controller operatively coupled to the MRI scanner that includes at least one processor and a non-volatile memory. The controller further includes an image processing unit configured to receive the plurality of MR imaging datasets associated with the plurality of coils, identify a motion cycle using an automated motion detection method, and to partition the plurality of MR imaging datasets into a plurality of image groups, in which each image group comprises a portion of the plurality of MR imaging datasets associated with one of the phases of the motion cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Hongyu An, Cihat Eldeniz
  • Patent number: 10801825
    Abstract: An arrangement includes a rotary apparatus, a device, and an adapter element configured to assemble the rotary apparatus in a measurement space of a coordinate measuring machine. The rotary apparatus has an axis of rotation (D). The adapter element includes a first fastening portion configured to fasten the adapter element in the measurement space, a second fastening portion, and a coupling portion. The rotary apparatus is fastened to the adapter element at the second fastening portion. The device is coupled to the adapter element at the coupling portion. The coupling portion is arranged adjacently to the second fastening portion. The device is positioned on the adapter element next to the rotary apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Rainer Sagemüller
  • Patent number: 10794473
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to automatic transmission controllers and related methods. In one case, the present invention provides a method of calibrating a controller to match an automatic transmission to an electric motor or internal combustion engine. The controller is not integrated into the transmission. The method comprises adjusting parameters of the controller and includes the steps of: a) Defining the Control Architecture; b) using the Defined Control Architecture to Identify Control Loop Input/Output; c) using the Identified Control Input/Output to Define the Control Algorithm Controller; d) using the Control Algorithm Controller definition to either Define the Shift Schedule or Define the Solenoid Handler, either of which can be used in Optimizing Calibration Via Testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Motorcars LLC
    Inventors: Rick Reinhard, Gustavo Cerochi, Damon Christopher Pipenberg, Karen Beaty
  • Patent number: 10740614
    Abstract: The present invention stores information associated with an object such that the information can be displayed in display mode corresponding to the position of the object, even in a state wherein the object is not recognized. An information processing device 100 includes: an acquisition unit 110 that acquires an image; a recognition unit 120 that recognizes an object on the basis of the image acquired by the acquisition unit 110; and a storing unit 130 that stores, with second information relating to the position of the object, first information corresponding to the object, in the cases where the object is recognized by the recognition unit 120.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ruihan Bao, Yoshinori Saida, Shin Norieda, Takami Sato, Kota Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10459006
    Abstract: Probe systems and methods are disclosed herein. The methods include directly measuring a distance between a first manipulated assembly and a second manipulated assembly, contacting first and second probes with first and second contact locations, providing a test signal to an electrical structure, and receiving a resultant signal from the electrical structure. The methods further include characterizing at least one of a probe system and the electrical structure based upon the distance. In one embodiment, the probe systems include a measurement device configured to directly measure a distance between a first manipulated assembly and a second manipulated assembly. In another embodiment, the probe systems include a probe head assembly including a platen, a manipulator operatively attached to the platen, a vector network analyzer (VNA) extender operatively attached to the manipulator, and a probe operatively attached to the VNA extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FormFactor Beaverton, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Neil Fisher, Thomas Reiner Thaerigen, Peter McCann, Rodney Jones, Koby L. Duckworth
  • Patent number: 10429167
    Abstract: As a former correction step, a coordinate correction method includes: a step of setting a measuring probe in a drive mechanism; a step of restraining a measurement tip; a step of acquiring a moving amount and a probe output; and a step of generating a former correction matrix including linear correction elements and non-linear correction elements. As a latter correction step, the coordinate correction method includes: a step of setting a measuring probe in a drive mechanism; a step of restraining a measurement tip; a step of acquiring a moving amount and a probe output; a step of generating an intermediate correction matrix including linear correction elements for correcting the probe output; and a step of correcting the probe output with a latter correction matrix. Consequently, correction can be simplified while allowing for correction of a non-linear error of the probe output supplied from the measuring probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10302407
    Abstract: An inclinable measuring head for use in a coordinate measuring machine or in another measure system. The inclinable head has a support element and a probe holder rotatably linked to the support element by a spherical joint that is capable of being rotated about three independent axes. The measuring head further includes a position encoder providing relative orientation of the probe holder with respect to the support element, and an actuator arranged for orienting the probe holder relative to the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TESA SA
    Inventors: Julien Chardonnens, Pascal Jordil, Knut Siercks, Bernhard Sprenger, Benjamin Vullioud
  • Patent number: 10228229
    Abstract: A touch probe for a coordinate measuring machine with a processor which is programmed to generate a trigger signal signalling a contact between a stylus of the probe and a workpiece, whenever one of a plurality displacement signals exceeds a corresponding threshold. In addition, or in alternative, a delayed trigger is generated based on a processing a plurality of samples of displacement signals that are stored in a buffer. The processor is programmed to minimize anisotropy of the probe response. Furthermore, the thresholds can be modified during operations based on commands received from the CMM controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TESA SA
    Inventors: Dikran Antreasyan, Christophe Jaquet, Serge Mariller
  • Patent number: 10175042
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for calibrating a magnetometer of a compass. With a global navigation satellite system receiver, a current position is determined. The determined position is used to determine a magnetic inclination (e.g., by a global magnetic field model such as the World Magnetic Model). The calibration system may perform different calibration sequences based on the magnetic inclination. In a first calibration sequence, performed responsive to a determination that a magnetic inclination (or the absolute value of the magnetic inclination) is less than a threshold, magnetic field data is measured by the magnetometer as it is rotated through horizontal rotation paths. If the magnetic inclination is greater than the threshold, magnetic field data is measured by the magnetometer as it is rotated through vertical rotation paths. The measured magnetic field data may be used to determine calibration values for the magnetometer compass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Diem, Tim Oberhauser, Sammy Omari
  • Patent number: 10095815
    Abstract: A system for mapping a magnetic-field in a volume-of-interest comprising a magnetic-field transmitter, generating a magnetic-field in the volume-of-interest, a freestanding magnetic-field detector operative to freely move within the volume-of-interest, a pose-information-acquisition-module and a processor. The detector acquires measurements of flux of the magnetic-field at a plurality of poses. The pose-information-acquisition-module measures information related to the pose of the detector. The processor determines pose-related-information respective of at least a portion of the measurements according to the information related to the pose of the detector. The processor estimates the entire set of parameters of a magnetic-field model template according to the magnetic-field flux measurement and the respective poses-related-information thereof. The processor incorporates the entire set of parameters into the magnetic-field model template, thereby determining the magnetic-field model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Elbit Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Ilan Efrat, Evgeni Gurovich, Guy Mencel, Yoav Ophir, Mark Gandelsman
  • Patent number: 10042464
    Abstract: A touchscreen device includes: a touch sensing unit including a transmission module configured to transmit a touch measurement signal and a reception module configured to receive the touch measurement signal from the transmission module; a control unit configured to control the transmission module and the reception module and calculate a touch position according to an output signal of the touch sensing unit; a position indication unit disposed adjacent to the touch sensing unit and configured to emit visibly recognizable light; and a support member configured to support the touch sensing unit and the position indication unit. When the touch sensing unit senses a motion of a user in a sensing region, the control unit controls the position indication unit to emit light that is turned on and off to be visibly recognizable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: RNDPLUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 9958473
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for calibrating sensors upon installation in a vehicle. The system includes a sensor set configured to generate output signals conveying vectors of acceleration of the vehicle. The system determines a three-dimensional orientation of the sensor set in relation to the vehicle. The system converts output signals from the sensor set into vectors of acceleration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Slaven Sljivar, David Forney, Mark Freitas, Daniel A. Deninger, Jeffrey Griswold, Jason Palmer
  • Patent number: 9495022
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting by a digitizer an application of an electronic pen on or within a predetermined distance from a screen of an electronic device, and includes compensating coordinates of an electronic pen relative to screen. At least one magnetic field is detected that is produced by the electronic pen and that has a different central axis each other The digitizer determines whether the electronic pen is inclined based on a number of detected magnetic fields. A determination is made whether to apply a compensation value for compensating coordinates of the electronic pen based on determining inclination of the electronic pen. The present invention advantageously permits exact recognition of coordinates of the electronic pen whether then pen is inclined or not by performing the coordinate compensation taking into account the inclination of the electronic pen and the inclined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Je-Hyun Son, Young-Jae Ko, Min-Seok Kim, Sang-Ryul Park, Ju-Gab Lee
  • Patent number: 9459096
    Abstract: A method of calibration of a mathematical model for the compensation of errors due to dynamic deformation of a measuring machine equipped with a mobile unit able to move a stylus probe in un measuring volume, wherein the model provides, in response to at least one input quantity correlated with a control signal of said drive means, a plurality of output quantities comprising at least one component of the measurement error introduced by the deformation and at least one quantity detected by a laser sensor and correlated with the deformation. In the calibration step, the mobile unit is subjected to a movement cycle constituted by small-amplitude oscillations of variable frequency, following the law of sinusoidal motion, keeping the tip of the probe blocked; during the movement cycle, the input and output quantities are sampled and supplied to an algorithm for model identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HEXAGON METROLOGY S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giampiero Guasco
  • Patent number: 9423024
    Abstract: A method of adapting transmission controls to locate synchronizer touch points in an automated layshaft transmission. This method may include actuating a motor to move a shift drum along a layshaft at an essentially constant speed; measuring a feedback current as the motor moves the shift drum; detecting a first spike in feedback current adjacent to a second spike in feedback current for a gear; determining a shift drum angle for the first spike; and adjusting a transmission controller to set a synchronizer touch point at a shift drum angle adjacent to the first feedback current spike for the gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Tumavitch, Shawn A. Holland, Bradley D. Riedle, William L. Murray
  • Patent number: 9400317
    Abstract: A method of attenuation correction for a positron emission tomography (PET) system includes obtaining PET scan data representative of a volume scanned by the PET system, obtaining a plurality of magnetic resonance (MR) scan data sets representative of the volume, each MR scan data set being acquired in a respective time period during acquisition of the PET scan data by the PET system, detecting motion of the volume that occurred during the acquisition of the PET scan data based on an assessment of the plurality of MR scan data sets, the PET scan data, or the plurality of MR scan data sets and the PET scan data, determining attenuation correction data from the plurality of MR scan data sets based on the detected motion for alignment of the attenuation correction data and the PET scan data, and correcting the PET scan data with the attenuation correction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignees: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christopher Glielmi, Christian Geppert, David Faul, Matthias Fenchel
  • Patent number: 9286720
    Abstract: An exemplary system and method are disclosed for providing a combined video stream with geospatial information. Embodiments use a visualization tool to synchronize information in a virtual camera with attributes, such as video frames, from a physical camera. Once the camera position information is supplied to the visualization tool, the visualization tool retrieves geospatial data, such as terrain features, man made features, and time sensitive event data, and transforms the camera position information into a coordinate system of the virtual camera. The visualization tool uses the coordinate system of the virtual camera to generate geospatial snapshots. Embodiments use locative video software to combine the video frames from the physical camera with the geospatial snapshots from the virtual camera to generate a combined video stream, which provides a single view of multiple types of data to enhance an operator's ability to conduct surveillance and analysis missions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Werling, Kenneth David Feldman, Raymond E. Bivens
  • Patent number: 9279686
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an indoor navigation control system containing at least two LED lighting devices and a location server. Each LED lighting device includes a Wi-Fi module and a driving power supply, and is used as a wireless access node to transmit Wi-Fi signals to an adjacent node. Nodes within a Wi-Fi signal coverage area have Internet or LAN access. The location server stores location information of the Wi-Fi module of each LED lighting device. The LED lighting devices and the location server communicate with a smart terminal to calculate a position, a moving direction, and a moving speed of an object according to the location information of each LED lighting device and a moving time length of the object. The Wi-Fi module of each LED lighting device further controls the driving power supply to adjust the status of the LED lighting device according to a control command from the smart terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SHENGHUI LIGHTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiabin Tuo, Jinxiang Shen
  • Patent number: 9217997
    Abstract: A method improves surface scanning measure machine speed while minimizing tip touchdown impact on the surface of the object being measured. Specifically, the method controls a surface scanning measuring machine having a probe head with a distal probe tip that contacts the surface of an object to be measured. To that end, the method selects a nominal initial contact point (on the surface) having a normal vector, and then moves the distal probe tip toward the nominal initial contact point along an approach path. The approach path has a generally linear portion that generally linearly extends from the nominal initial contact point to some non-contacting point spaced from the surface. The generally linear portion forms an angle of between about 20 degrees and about 60 degrees with the normal vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology Center GmbH
    Inventor: Paul P. Racine
  • Patent number: 9212888
    Abstract: A method of compensating the measurement errors of a measuring machine (1) deriving from the deformations of a machine bed (2) of the machine (1) caused by a load exerted by a workpiece to be measured on the machine bed (2), characterized by a first acquisition step (15) in which data regarding the weight of the workpiece and the conditions of constraint of the workpiece on the machine bed are acquired by a measurement and control unit (12) of the measuring machine (1) and a second calculation step (16, 17, 18, 19) in which correction values depending upon said data are calculated by said measurement and control unit (12), wherein the first step (15) includes selecting a standard load condition representing the load of the workpiece from among a plurality of standard load conditions; and the second step includes the step of calculating values correlated to the deformation of the machine bed (2) under the load of the workpiece represented by the selected standard load condition as a linear combination of corre
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hexagon Metrology S.P.A.
    Inventor: Lorenzo Merlo
  • Patent number: 9185365
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling a sensor node are provided that may calculate an azimuth angle and a slope of the sensor node using a 2-axis magnetic sensor and a 3-axis acceleration sensor, and may detect a target approaching the sensor node. The apparatus may include a calculation unit to calculate an azimuth angle and a slope of a sensor node, based on a magnetic values measured by a 2-axis magnetic sensor and a acceleration values measured by a 3-axis acceleration sensor; a sensor control unit to filter the magnetic values and the vibration values and to amplify the filtered magnetic values and the filtered vibration values, when the azimuth angle and the slope are calculated; and a detection unit to detect a target based on the amplified magnetic values and the amplified vibration values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, AGENCY FOR DEFENSE DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Sang Gi Hong, Nae Soo Kim, Yong Hyun Kim, Noh Bok Lee
  • Patent number: 9182211
    Abstract: A calibration method comprises providing a mounting fixture including a tray coupled to a frame, and an alignment measurement sensor removably coupled to the tray. An angular orientation of the tray is determined using the alignment measurement sensor removably coupled to the tray in a first position. The alignment measurement sensor is then moved to a second position on the tray that is rotated from the first position, and the angular orientation of the tray is determined using the alignment measurement sensor at the second position. An axis misalignment for at least two of a pitch axis, a roll axis, or a yaw axis of the alignment measurement sensor is then calculated to determine one or more misalignment factors. The one or more misalignment factors are then applied to correct for misalignment of the alignment measurement sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph R. Jones, Douglas Mark Weed, David Robert Storch
  • Patent number: 9038434
    Abstract: In a method for calibrating a star probe of an image measuring machine, the star probe includes one or more probe heads. Probe configuration information for the star probe is configured when there is no probe configuration file of the star probe stored in a storage device of the image measuring machine, and one of the probe heads to be calibrated is selected from the star probe. The method calibrates a radius value of the selected probe head, and calibrates the deviation between the center point of the selected probe head and the focus of the camera lens. The method further generates a star probe model of the star probe according to the probe configuration information and the probe calibration information, and displays the star probe model of the star probe on a display device of the image measuring machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Kuang Chang, Zheng-Cai She, Zhong-Kui Yuan, Zhi-Jun Zou, Dong-Hai Li
  • Patent number: 9042962
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a model based positioning system that includes a positioning device having at least one transmitter configured to be in a tracking environment, e.g. inserted into a body, a receiver having a plurality of receiver elements arranged outside the tracking environment, a control unit configured to measure amplitude and/or phase information of a signal transmitted from the at least one transmitter and received at each receiving element, and a memory unit M for storing a model for each receiving element. The control unit is also configured to estimate the position P of the positioning device by comparing the model for each receiving element with the measured received signal for each receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MICROPOS MEDICAL AB
    Inventors: Roman Iustin, Johan Linder, Erik Isberg, Tomas Gustafsson, Bo Lennernäs
  • Patent number: 9031805
    Abstract: A geomagnetic field measurement device has a three-dimensional magnetic sensor and a storage device that stores plural pieces of magnetic data sequentially output from the three-dimensional magnetic sensor. The geomagnetic field measurement device calculates, based on the pieces of magnetic data, a distortion estimation value indicating a degree of difference in shape between a three-dimensional figure defined so that the plural sets of coordinates indicated respectively by the plural pieces of magnetic data are distributed adjacent to a surface thereof and a spherical surface, and determines whether there is distortion in the shape of the three-dimensional figure based on the distortion estimation value, to update an offset for correcting each of the plural pieces of the magnetic data in a case in which it is determined that there is no distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Ibuki Handa
  • Patent number: 9020776
    Abstract: An inclination angle compensation system for determining an inclination angle of a machine is disclosed. The inclination angle compensation system may have a non-gravitational acceleration estimator configured to estimate a non-gravitational acceleration of a machine based on an estimated inclination angle and an acceleration output from a forward acceleration sensor. The inclination angle compensation system may also have an inclination angle sensor corrector configured to receive an inclination angle output from an inclination angle sensor, determine an inclination angle sensor acceleration based on the inclination angle output, and calculate a corrected inclination angle of the machine based on the non-gravitational acceleration and the inclination angle sensor acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Russell Friend
  • Patent number: 9009000
    Abstract: A portable articulated arm coordinate measurement machine can include a base, a manually positionable articulated arm portion having opposed first and second ends, the arm portion including a plurality of connected arm segments, an electronic circuit that receives the position signals from the transducers, a first inclinometer coupled to the base, wherein the inclinometer is configured to produce a first electrical signal responsive to an angle of tilt of the base and an electrical system configured to record a first reading of the first inclinometer and a second reading of the first inclinometer, wherein the first reading is in response to at least one of a first force applied to the base and a third force applied to the mounting structure, wherein the second reading is in response to at least one of a second force applied to the base and a fourth force applied to the mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Faro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick John York, Brent Bailey
  • Patent number: 8977558
    Abstract: Electronically generating an engineering plan for installation of equipment, such as cable system equipment, at a work site. First geographic information relating to a first location of the work site is compared with second geographic information representing a second location of an engineer generating the engineering plan (or of a plan generating tool being used by the engineer to generate the plan) to verify that the engineer/tool is sufficiently near to the work site. A digital image of a geographic area including the work site is displayed on the plan generating tool, and user input is acquired from the engineer (e.g., via a user input device associated with the plan generating tool) relating to at least one first position, relative to the displayed digital image, representing a first equipment location of at least a first piece of the equipment to be installed at the work site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8965679
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable maintain a proscribed Self Separation distance between an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and an object. In an example system, consecutive intruder aircraft locations relative to corresponding locations of a self aircraft are determined, wherein the determining is based on current velocities of the intruder aircraft and the self aircraft, and wherein the determining is based on current flight paths of the intruder aircraft and the self aircraft. At least one evasive maneuver for the self aircraft is computed using a processing system based on the determined consecutive intruder aircraft locations relative to the corresponding locations of the self aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Euteneuer, Michael Ray Elgersma
  • Patent number: 8954287
    Abstract: A method for calibrating alignment of an end effector with respect to a chuck in a plasma processing system is disclosed. The method includes providing a first light beam from the end effector to said chuck, moving the end effector along a predefined calibration path such that the first light beam traverses a surface of the chuck, receiving a set of reflected light signals being generated at least when the surface reflects the first light beam during the moving, and analyzing the set of reflected light signals to identify three or more discontinuities, generated when the first light beam encounters an edge of the chuck. The method also includes determining three or more coordinate data points representing three or more points on the edge of the chuck, and determining a center of the chuck based on the three or more coordinate data points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Matt Rodnick, Christine Allen-Blanchette
  • Patent number: 8949071
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a center deviation amount, which is an amount of deviation (distance) between the center line of a reference measurement target and the detection point is calculated using the reference measurement target having a known diameter, and a measurement value of a diameter of an arbitrary measurement target is corrected using the center deviation amount. Therefore, an accurate diameter value can be calculated even in the case of a measurement target having a diameter value different from the diameter value of the reference measurement target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryo Takanashi
  • Patent number: 8942940
    Abstract: Implementing a portable articulated arm coordinate measuring machine includes receiving a first request to perform a function. The portable AACMM includes a manually positionable articulated arm portion having opposed first and second ends, the arm portion including a plurality of connected arm segments, each arm segment including at least one position transducer for producing a position signal, a measurement device attached to a first end of the AACMM, and an electronic circuit which receives the position signals from the transducers and provides data corresponding to a position of the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Faro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick John York
  • Patent number: 8928527
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing error detection latency in LPV approaches are provided. In certain embodiments, a method for navigational guidance includes calibrating inertial measurements acquired from an inertial navigation system with satellite-based augmentation system position measurements acquired from a satellite-based augmentation system to create corrected inertial navigation system positions. The method also includes determining whether the satellite-based augmentation system experienced a fault when the inertial measurements were calibrated with the satellite-based augmentation system position measurements. Further, when the satellite-based augmentation system did not experience a fault, the method includes monitoring the satellite-based augmentation system navigation position measurements based on the corrected inertial navigation system positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gang He, Ivan Sandy Wyatt
  • Patent number: 8930163
    Abstract: A method for detecting a human's steps and estimating the horizontal translation direction and scaling of the resulting motion relative to an inertial sensor is described. When a pedestrian takes a sequence of steps the displacement can be decomposed into a sequence of rotations and translations over each step. A translation is the change in the location of pedestrian's center of mass and a rotation is the change along z-axis of the pedestrian's orientation. A translation can be described by a vector and a rotation by an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: TRX Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamiar Kordari, Benjamin Funk, Jared Napora, Ruchika Verma, Carole Teolis, Travis Young