Mobile Robot Patents (Class 901/1)
  • Patent number: 11504858
    Abstract: A role switching method of robots with similar appearance includes: at a robot, the robot being capable of communicating with other robots within a predetermined range: identifying other robots having the same appearance as the robot itself within the predetermined range; and performing role exchange with the other robots having the same appearance as the robot itself within the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Lei Luo
  • Patent number: 11500090
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and storage media associated with surface traversing by robotic apparatuses with an obstacle detection system are described herein. In some instances, the obstacle detection system is mounted on the body of the apparatus, and includes one or more light sources, to illuminate the surface to be traversed; a camera, to capture one or more images of the illuminated surface; and a processing device coupled with the camera and the light source, to process the captured one or more images, to detect, or cause to be detected, an obstacle disposed on the illuminated surface, based at least in part on a result of the processing of the images. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: R-Go Robotics LTD
    Inventor: Nizan Horesh
  • Patent number: 11494899
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a household cleaning appliance, including: providing a household cleaning appliance including, a powered and electronically controlled cleaning implement, and at least one physical sensor taken from a group consisting of: an orientation sensor, an acceleration sensor, an inertial sensor, a global positioning sensor, a pressure sensor, a load sensor, audio sensor, humidity sensor, and a temperature sensor; providing a camera associated with the household cleaning appliance; deriving an augmented classification using one or more classifiers classifying the physical sensor data and the image data; and modifying operation of the cleaning implement based upon the augmented classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Livingston Joyce, Faiz Feisal Sherman, Xiaole Mao
  • Patent number: 11484374
    Abstract: The various robotic medical devices include robotic devices that are disposed within a body cavity and positioned using a support component disposed through an orifice or opening in the body cavity. Additional embodiments relate to devices having arms coupled to a device body wherein the device has a minimal profile such that the device can be easily inserted through smaller incisions in comparison to other devices without such a small profile. Further embodiments relate to methods of operating the above devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Eric Markvicka, Tom Frederick, Jack Mondry, Joe Bartels, Shane Farritor
  • Patent number: 11472459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a serving apparatus. According to one aspect of the invention, there is provided a serving apparatus, comprising: a driving unit; a body unit connecting to the driving unit and having a top side and an interior, wherein at least a part of a lateral side of the body unit is open; and a body container disposed in the interior of the body unit, wherein food or food containers are placed at the body container and the top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Bear Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: John Jungwoo Ha, Fangwei Li, Brennand Pierce, Albertus Iskandar Santoso
  • Patent number: 11458632
    Abstract: There is provided a robot capable of reducing vibration generated in an arm portion performing work. The robot includes: a first arm portion connected to a body portion and configured to perform work; and a second arm portion connected to the body portion and to be controlled to support the first arm portion, in which the first arm portion includes a first connecting portion connected to the body portion, a first end effector located at an end of the first arm portion opposite to an end where the first connecting portion is located, and a support target portion located between the first connecting portion and the first end effector, and the second arm portion is controlled to support the support target portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroki Saijo, Kiyokazu Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 11460862
    Abstract: A system and method for reconfiguring a factory having equipment at different workstations throughout the factory includes a plurality of mobile transporters configured to engage and transport the equipment to the different workstations throughout the factory. Each mobile transporter includes a transmitter, a receiver, at least one proximity sensor, and an engagement mechanism for engaging the equipment. A factory configuration module includes a 3D model of the factory and a plurality of predetermined factory configurations. A supervisory control module is in communication with the plurality of mobile transporters, the equipment, and the factory configuration module. The plurality of mobile transporters are configured to receive instructions from the supervisory control module to engage and reposition the equipment throughout the factory based on the predetermined factory configurations and dynamic inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Yesh, Anthony Mario D'Amato, Shankar Narayan Mohan, Mario Anthony Santillo, Gregory P. Linkowski, Meghna Menon
  • Patent number: 11453126
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various clinical workflows and other methods that utilize a telemedicine device in a healthcare network. According to various embodiments, a healthcare practitioner may utilize a remote presence interfaces (RPIs) on a remote access device (RAD), such as a portable electronic device (PED) to interface with a telemedicine device. The healthcare practitioner may directly interface with a display interface of a telemedicine device or utilize the RPI on a RAD. The present disclosure provides various clinical workflows involving a telemedicine device to view patient data during a telepresence session, perform rounds to visit multiple patients, monitor a patient, allow for remote visitations by companions, and various other clinical workflow methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Fuji Lai, Timothy C. Wright, Yair Lurie, Yulun Wang
  • Patent number: 11447337
    Abstract: A wireless tag reading system includes a body and three or more tag reading apparatuses arranged along a vertical direction on the body and configured to read identification information from wireless tags using a plurality of frequencies. A total number of the tag reading apparatuses is greater than or equal to a total number of the frequencies, and reading ranges of two of the wireless tag reading apparatuses that are adjacent to each other partially overlap. The wireless tag reading system further includes an information processing apparatus configured to collect the identification information read from the wireless tags by the wireless tag reading apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Jun Yaginuma
  • Patent number: 11445881
    Abstract: A robotic vacuum cleaner has a pneumatic transfer mechanism that is used to transfer dirt from the robotic vacuum cleaner to a docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11430278
    Abstract: A building management robot includes a communication unit configured to recognize an identification device corresponding to a first divided space among at least one divided space in a building and acquire first identification information of the first divided space from the identification device, a camera configured to acquire image data including a position where the identification device is recognized, and a processor configured to recognize a user from the image data, confirm an authentication level of the first divided space of the recognized user from a database, and provide the user with a service based on the confirmed authentication level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Hyongguk Kim, Jaeyoung Kim, Hyoungmi Kim, Yujune Jang
  • Patent number: 11423266
    Abstract: Disclosed is a subject recognizing apparatus and method. The method may include extracting feature points from a target image, respectively measuring movement information of each of a plurality of the extracted feature points, selectively grouping the extracted feature points into one or more groups based on the respectively measured movement information, determining a type of subject present in at least one group of the one or more groups based on at least a portion of the subject present in the at least one group, and recognizing a subject included in the target image based on the determined type of subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huijin Lee, Minsu Ahn, Sunghoon Hong
  • Patent number: 11401110
    Abstract: Provided herein is a mobile robot including: a first carrying device configured to carry a first item; a second carrying device configured to carry a second item; a control device connected to the first driving device and the second driving device and configured to control operation of the first driving device and the second driving device; the first driving device configured to drive, under control of the control device, the mobile robot to travel along a delivery path matching routings of the first item and the second item; and the second driving device, connected to the first carrying device and the second carrying device and configured to drive, under the control of the control device, the first carrying device to deliver the first item and the second carrying device to deliver the second item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Geekplus Technology Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Hongbo Li
  • Patent number: 11400596
    Abstract: A mobile robot configured for delivering consumable items to delivery recipients. The mobile robot comprises an item compartment with a top section, a separator, and a bottom section. The mobile robot also comprises a temperature control component. A method for delivering consumable items to delivery recipients using the mobile robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Märt Liivik, Siim Viilup, Tiit Liivik
  • Patent number: 11398309
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are described for using a robotic device to autonomously monitor activity within a property to predict a high likelihood of germ or disease transmission, and in response, perform one or more sterilization operations to regions of a property to reduce the likelihood of germ or disease transmission. In some implementations, sensor data collected by one or more sensors located within a property is processed. One or more activity patterns of a user located within the property based on processing the sensor data is identified. A determination to perform a sterilization operation based on the one or more activity patterns of the user is made. An instruction is provided to a robotic device located in the property to perform the sterilization operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventor: Matthew Daniel Correnti
  • Patent number: 11388177
    Abstract: Systems and methods for security and control of Internet of Things (IOT) and ZeroConf devices using cloud services. The present disclosure uses an application that runs on a user device in a promiscuous mode to look for potentially vulnerable and compromised machines on the local network. Specifically, the user device can fingerprint ZeroConf and IOT networks based on their static and dynamic behavior. The application discovers all hosts on the network and uses a cloud service such as via a cloud-based system to detect potentially malicious IOTs with known vulnerabilities. Based on an enterprise policy or user's preferences, the solution can alert if any IOT device tries to communicate with the user's device or if the user's device itself broadcasts services running on the device such as screen sharing/file sharing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Zscaler, Inc.
    Inventor: Abhinav Bansal
  • Patent number: 11378972
    Abstract: An autonomous robot is provided, that includes a main body having a frame that includes a back end and a front end. The frame includes a first frame extension and a second frame extension that connects the back end of the frame to the front end of the frame. The front end of the frame includes a path to an open volume disposed between the first frame extension, the second frame extension and the back end. Further provided is a drive system connected to the frame, a retention system coupled to the frame, a lift mechanism attached to the frame, and a sweeper attachment having a dimension to substantially fit within the open volume of the main body. The sweeper attachment is connectable to the retention system to raise and lower of the sweeper attachment using the lift mechanism. Further provided is a controller interfaced with the drive system, the retention system and the lift mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: ViaBot Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg Ratanaphanyarat, Dawei Ding
  • Patent number: 11351671
    Abstract: A method for controlling a robotic device includes monitor an action of an operator of the robotic device. The method also includes inferring an intended target based on the monitored action. The method further includes determining an intended action for the intended target. The method still further includes controlling the robotic device to perform the intended action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Allison Thackston, Samuel Zapolsky, Katarina Miller, Laura Stelzner, Ron Goldman
  • Patent number: 11117253
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods, computer program products, and computer systems for instructing a robot to prepare a food dish by replacing the human chef's movements and actions. Monitoring a human chef is carried out in an instrumented application-specific setting, a standardized robotic kitchen in this instance, and involves using sensors and computers to watch, monitor, record and interpret the motions and actions of the human chef, in order to develop a robot-executable set of commands robust to variations and changes in the environment, capable of allowing a robotic or automated system in a robotic kitchen to prepare the same dish to the standards and quality as the dish prepared by the human chef.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MBL Limited
    Inventor: Mark Oleynik
  • Publication number: 20150148951
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a control apparatus for cooperative cleaning using multiple cleaning robots, including monitoring an overall cleaning condition of an extensive space and automatically assigning multiple cleaning robots to a space required to be cleaned, and when a cleaning area is fixed based on a cooperative cleaning method, data on an amount of garbage generated from the cleaning area or a cleaning condition of the cleaning area may be accumulated to facilitate easier management of the cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Seo Hyun JEON, Min Su JANG, Dae Ha LEE, Chang Eun LEE, Hyun Ja IM, Young Jo CHO, Jae Hong KIM, Jong Hyun PARK
  • Publication number: 20150148959
    Abstract: Disclosed are a robot cleaner, a controlling method of the same, and a robot cleaning system. The robot cleaner can perform a cleaning operation with respect to only a user's desired region, in a repeated and concentrated manner. Further, as the robot cleaner runs on a user's desired region in a manual manner, a designated region can be precisely set. Further, as the robot cleaner performs a cleaning operation by setting a user's desired region, only a simple configuration is added to a terminal device such as a remote control unit. Accordingly, additional costs can be reduced, and a malfunction can be prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: IIsoo CHO, Taebum KWON, Suuk CHOE
  • Publication number: 20150148955
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cleaning a structure via a robot are described. The system includes a first robot and a second robot. The first robot includes a body, a tool arm, a sensor coupled, a drive system configured to allow vertical and inverted positioning of the first robot, a transceiver, and a controller. The second robot similarly includes a body, a drive system configured to allow positioning of the second robot, a transceiver, and a controller. The system includes a base station in communication with the first robot via the first robot transceiver and/or in communication with the second robot via the second robot transceiver. The first robot is configured to autonomously perform a maintenance task on the structure. The second robot is configured to autonomously provide a support service to the first robot during the maintenance task. The first robot is configured to communicate with the second robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Hon Wah Chin, William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Tony S. Pan, David B. Tuckerman, Lowell L. Wood,, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9043031
    Abstract: Provided is a device for wirelessly controlling robots suitable for competition or educational purposes, the device including: an input module configured to receive commands from a human user interface, the human user interface sending signals indicative of inputs by a user to control a robot; a protocol translator configured to translate the received commands into a protocol to which the robot is responsive; a wireless output module configured to wirelessly transmit the translated commands to the robot such that the robot executes the commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Westlake & Eanes Science & Technology Association
    Inventors: Rachel Gardner, Akshay Prakash, Benjamin Jared Gorr, Eric J. Rothfus
  • Patent number: 9038557
    Abstract: A hull robot is disclosed for operation on a surface of a hull of a vessel. The robot can include a drive subsystem onboard the robot for driving and maneuvering the robot about the hull. A sensor subsystem onboard the robot can sense an attachment state of the robot to the hull. The attachment state can include at least one of attached and detached. A signal generation subsystem onboard the robot can emit a distress signal when the attachment state is detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Fraser M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9043030
    Abstract: A manipulator and a method of generating the shortest path along which the manipulator moves to grip an object without collision with the object models a target object and a gripper into a spherical shape, measures a current position of the gripper and a position of the target object and a target position of the gripper, calculates an arc-shaped path in a two-dimensional plane along which the gripper needs to move by calculating an included angle of a triangle consisting of the position of the object and the current position and target position of the gripper, transforms the arc-shaped path in the two-dimensional plane into an arc-shaped path in a three-dimensional space using a transform matrix consisting of the position of the object and the current position and target position of the gripper, thereby automatically generating the shortest path of the manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Do Choi, Kyung Shik Roh, Young Bo Shim
  • Patent number: 9043021
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with swarm management are described. One example system comprises a communication component configured to establish a communication link with at least one element, where the at least one element is part of a swarm. The example system also comprises a management component configured to manage performance of a task list by the swarm through the communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Brendan Edward Clark, Ronald Charles Krosky, Phillip George Ammar
  • Patent number: 9043012
    Abstract: A pharmacy automation system having a robot having a hardware device and a software for internal mapping is configured to carry out at least the following different interactions: the robot communicates autonomously with a physician or an assistant directly or via an intermediary; the robot interacts with an inventory of goods and browses the inventory of goods to determine if a prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy; if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy, the robot interacts with a medication dispenser, using the internal mapping to fill a container with the prescribed medication, and store the container; when a patient or a proxy arrives to pick up the prescribed medication, the robot checks and approves an identification of the patient or the proxy; and hands the container with the prescribed medication over to the patient or proxy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Neil S. Davey, Brendan Boyce Murphy, Sonya R. Davey, Haris Godil
  • Patent number: 9043016
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide robotic control modules for use in a robotic control system of a vehicle, including structures, systems and methods, that can provide (i) a robotic control module that has multiple functional circuits, such as a processor and accompanying circuits, an actuator controller, an actuator amplifier, a packet network switch, and a power supply integrated into a mountable and/or stackable package/housing; (ii) a robotic control module with the noted complement of circuits that is configured to reduce heat, reduce space, shield sensitive components from electro-magnetic noise; (iii) a robotic control system utilizing robotic control modules that include the sufficiently interchangeable functionality allowing for interchangeability of modules; and (iv) a robotic control system that distributes the functionality and processing among a plurality of robotic control modules in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: Deere & Company, iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Mikhail O. Filippov, Osa Fitch, Scott P. Keller, John O'Connor, David S. Zendzian, Nadim El Fata, Kevin Larsen, Arlen Eugene Meuchel, Mark David Schmaltz, James Allard, Chris A. De Roo, William Robert Norris, Andrew Julian Norby, Christopher David Glenn Turner
  • Publication number: 20150142252
    Abstract: A robotic device includes a housing configured to house a mobile device. The robotic device also includes an articulating image director aligned with a field of view of a camera of the mobile device. The housing of the robotic device is positioned at an angle to provide a forward view or rear facing view to the camera via the articulating image director.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Donald Bolden HUTSON
  • Publication number: 20150135459
    Abstract: Provided is a blade maintenance device for a wind turbine. The blade maintenance device for the wind turbine includes: a body that travels along a leading edge of a blade; support units that extend from the body to both sides of the blade and support the sides of the blade; and a maintenance unit installed at at least one of the body and the support units so as to perform maintenance of an outer side of the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Kyu Lee, Hong Gyeoum Kim, Jong Hwan Lee, Young Seok Cho, Young Youl Ha, In Chul Ha, Dong Ki Han
  • Publication number: 20150136012
    Abstract: A modular system for building underwater robotic vehicles (URVs), including a pressure vessel system, modular chassis elements, a propulsion system and compatible buoyancy modules. The pressure vessel system uses standardized, interchangeable modules to allow for ease of modification of the URV and accommodation of different internal and external components such as sensors and computer systems. The system also includes standard, reconfigurable connections of the pressure vessel to the modular chassis system. A standardized, modular propulsion system includes a magnetic clutch, and a magnetic sleeve used to power the URV on or off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150139766
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a personal robotic system, comprising: an electromechanical mobile base defining a cross-sectional envelope when viewed in a plane substantially parallel to a plane of a floor upon which the mobile base is operated; a torso assembly movably coupled to the mobile base; a head assembly movably coupled to the torso; a releasable bin-capturing assembly movably coupled to the torso; and a controller operatively coupled to the mobile base, torso assembly, head assembly, and bin-capturing assembly, and configured to capture a bin with the bin-capturing assembly and move the torso assembly relative to the mobile base so that the captured bin fits as closely as possible within the cross-sectional envelope of the mobile base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Willow Garage, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Cousins
  • Publication number: 20150142249
    Abstract: A coordinated transport robot system according to an embodiment includes: first and second robots each including a mobile unit and a movement control unit; first and second position error absorption mechanisms provided on the first and second robots; an impedance model estimating an external force from the amount of displacement detected by the passive element unit; an external force estimating unit estimating respective external forces acting on the first and second robots based on external forces estimated with a dynamics model and estimated by the impedance model; a compliance model calculating respective position correction amounts of the first and second robots to make an external force zero; and a movement command calculating unit calculating movement commands to the first and second robots based on the position correction amounts. Each of the movement control units control the respective mobile units based on the respective movement commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Junichiro OOGA, Hideki OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20150142170
    Abstract: A computer program and a system for controlling walking of a mobile robot, notably a humanoid robot moving on two legs. Conventionally, control was guided by driving a zero moment point. Such driving was performed within a fixed coordinate system connected to a progression surface and assumed knowledge of the characteristics of said surface and the creation of a provisional trajectory. Such driving encountered significant limitations due to the nature of the progression surfaces on which walking can effectively be controlled and an obligation to have a perfect knowledge of their geometry; and also in respect to the necessary computing power, and the appearance of the walk which bore little resemblance to an actual human walk. The invention overcomes such limitations by providing a walk which includes a pseudo-free or ballistic phase, an impulse phase imparted by the heel of the robot, and a landing phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Bruno MAISONNIER, Pascal LAFOURCADE, Alain BERTHOZ
  • Publication number: 20150142169
    Abstract: A cleaning robot including a main body, a pad mounted below the main body to implement cleaning, and a drive assembly to apply drive power to the pad. The drive assembly moves the main body to a target position by adjusting the drive power. The cleaning robot may move at a high speed owing to omni-directional movement thereof without rotation of the main body. Further, the cleaning robot may imitate a human wiping pattern, thus achieving enhanced cleaning efficiency. Furthermore, various cleaning patterns including a straight pattern and a curvilinear pattern may be applied to the cleaning robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: In Joo KIM, Jeong Ki Yoo, Dong Hyun Lee, Dong Hun Lee, Jin Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 9037336
    Abstract: A robot system includes a planar sign, a robot, a distance direction sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to control the robot and includes a map data memory and a progress direction determining device. The map data memory is configured to store map data of a predetermined running path including a position of the planar sign. The progress direction determining device is configured to compare a detection result of the distance direction sensor and the stored map data so as to determine a progress direction of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Dai Kouno, Tamio Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9037396
    Abstract: A method of localizing a mobile robot includes receiving sensor data of a scene about the robot and executing a particle filter having a set of particles. Each particle has associated maps representing a robot location hypothesis. The method further includes updating the maps associated with each particle based on the received sensor data, assessing a weight for each particle based on the received sensor data, selecting a particle based on its weight, and determining a location of the robot based on the selected particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Todd Pack, Scott R. Lenser, Justin H. Kearns, Orjeta Taka
  • Patent number: 9033079
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile robot, in which a wheel is mounted on a robot body in an elevatable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Yujin Robot Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Chul Shin, Seong Ju Park, No Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9033087
    Abstract: A probe-holder carriage includes a frame which can slide over a highly magnetically permeable support surface and at least one permanent magnet able to interact magnetically with, and couple the robot to, the surface. The permanent magnet is positioned so that one pole grazes the surface and faces the surface at a minimum distance from it. The frame defines a central housing which can support at least one probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Tecnomac S.R.L.
    Inventor: Arturo Lama
  • Publication number: 20150134079
    Abstract: Provided are a walk-assistive robot and a method of controlling the same. The method of controlling the walk-assistive robot includes: obtaining ground information that is information regarding ground a walking direction; determining control patterns of the walk-assistive robot by analyzing the obtained ground information; and controlling the walk-assistive robot based on the determined control patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Suk June YOON, Kyung Shik ROH, Young Bo SHIM, Young Do KWON, Sung Hwan AHN, Hyo Seok HWANG
  • Publication number: 20150134080
    Abstract: A wearable robot may include a gear part having an exoskeleton structure to be worn on legs of a user, a sensor part including a first electromyogram (EMG) sensor attached at a first location of at least one leg of the user, and a second EMG sensor attached at a second location, and a controller to detect a walking assist starting point to assist the user with walking, based on a first EMG signal detected by the first EMG sensor and a second EMG signal detected by the second EMG sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Chang Hyun ROH
  • Publication number: 20150134109
    Abstract: A switched capacitive device includes a stator including a plurality of first electrodes extending substantially in a longitudinal dimension. The switched capacitive device also includes an armature including a plurality of second electrodes proximate the plurality of first electrodes. The plurality of second electrodes is translatable with respect to the plurality of first electrodes. The plurality of second electrodes extends substantially in the longitudinal dimension. The plurality of first electrodes and the plurality of second electrodes are configured to induce substantially linear motion of the second plurality of electrodes in the longitudinal dimension with respect to the first plurality of electrodes as a function of an electric field induced by at least a portion of the first plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rui Zhou, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran, Arthur Vorwerk Radun, Enis Tuncer
  • Publication number: 20150128547
    Abstract: The invention proposes an autonomous robot, such as an autonomous lawn mower, comprises at least one camera for obtaining at least one input image, a communication interface for transmitting the input image and receiving a remote control instruction, a control unit for controlling an operation of the autonomous robot, and wherein the control unit is adapted to control the operation at the autonomous robot in response to the received remote control instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Nils EINECKE, Mathias FRANZIUS, Roman DIRNBERGER, Ronny BORSDORF
  • Patent number: 9031730
    Abstract: A power demand management apparatus comprises a schedule holding section that holds a power restriction schedule indicating a device on which a mobile robot is to perform power restriction, in association with a power restriction execution time; a movement instructing section that transmits movement instructions to the robot such that, prior to the power restriction execution time indicated in the power restriction schedule, the robot moves to an area in which is arranged the device on which the power restriction is to be performed at the execution time; and a restriction instructing section that transmits power restriction instructions to the robot, thereby causing the robot to perform the power restriction on the device at the execution time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Japan Research Institute, Limited
    Inventors: Motohide Ikeda, Ken Watanabe, Makoto Inoue
  • Patent number: 9031714
    Abstract: A control system for integrated human-trained animal-robot interaction comprising: an operator control unit linked to receive trained animal detection information representative of locations of detected IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), the operator control unit further linked to one or more unmanned robotic vehicles for providing control information to a selected robotic vehicle, the control information including an optimal path leading the selected robotic vehicle to a detected IED in order for the selected robotic vehicle to neutralize the detected IED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Hobart R. Everett, Lisa Albuquerque, Paul Scerri, Gregory T. Kogut, Darren N. Powell
  • Patent number: 9031691
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for determining simplified models of humanoid robots. A simplification application linearizes a robot model around a nominal state and performs a singular value decomposition of an inertial term of the model, selecting singular values and corresponding singular vectors to be kept in an inertial term of a simplified model by matching a kinetic energy of the original model to a kinetic energy of the simplified model. Further, a gravitational forces term and a velocity-dependent forces term may be determined by computing active joint torques at sample poses around the nominal pose and solving for the gravitational forces term and the velocity-dependent forces term. A mapping from the simplified model to the original model may be determined using, e.g., numerical optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Katsu Yamane
  • Patent number: 9031693
    Abstract: A cleaning robot is disclosed. A first sensing unit generates a sensing signal to a transmittal line according to an external wireless signal. When the external wireless signal is sensed by the first sensing unit, a state of the transmittal line does not match with a pre-determined state. When the external wireless signal is not sensed by the first sensing unit, the state of the transmittal line matches with the pre-determined state. A control unit generates a movement signal when the state of the transmittal line matches with the pre-determined state. A plurality of wheels rotate according to the movement signal. A second sensing unit generates a second sensing signal according to the external environment of the cleaning robot. When the state of the transmittal line does not match with the pre-determined state, the control unit adjusts the movement signal according to the second sensing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: MSI Computer (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Feng Lin, Hung-Chou Chen, Shih-Che Hung
  • Patent number: 9030501
    Abstract: Methods and systems for modifying a display of a field of view of a robotic device to include zoomed-in and zoomed-out views are provided. In examples, the robotic device may include a camera to capture images in a field of view of a robotic device, and distance sensors which can provide outputs that may be used to determine a distance of the robotic device to an object in the field of view of the robotic device. A display of the field of view of the robotic device can be generated, and as the distance decreases, the display can be modified to include a zoomed-in view of the object. As the distance increases, the display can be modified to include a zoomed-out view of the object. An amount of zoom of the object may be inversely proportional to the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Munjal Desai, Ryan Hickman, Thor Lewis, Damon Kohler
  • Publication number: 20150127163
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a robot system controlling method and robot system which perform link angle control and joint stiffness control through feedback control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Takagi
  • Publication number: 20150126129
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the disclosed subject matter describes herein a system that includes a mobile robotic platform for navigating within a coverage area associated with an access point belonging to a communications network under test, wherein the mobile robotic platform includes a client device emulation module configured to emulate multiple client devices that are wirelessly connected to the access point and to send emulated test traffic data to the access point from each of the emulated client devices via a wireless connection. The mobile robotic platform also includes a real client device that includes a client application configured to communicate simulated test traffic data to the access point via an established wireless connection and a performance metrics module configured to determine wireless communication performance metrics associated with the wireless connection between the access point and at least one of the real client device or the emulated client devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Madhu H. Rangappagowda, Jimmy Hardy, Qing Liu, Timothy Earl Bennington-Davis, Dane Bennington