Miscellaneous Patents (Class 901/50)
  • Publication number: 20150149398
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decision migration within a multi-component robot are disclosed. The method of supporting decision migration between components for a multi-component robot may include: recognizing at least one subcomponent; generating at least one rule corresponding to a respective action of the at least one recognized subcomponent and embedding the at least one rule in at least one other component; and transmitting a decision or action migration request for a specific task to the other component if a failure occurs or synchronization with the other component is needed while the at least one subcomponent is performing the specific task by using the generated rule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Foundation of Soongsil University-Industry Cooperation
    Inventors: JiMan Hong, Laxmisha Rai
  • 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: 9031692
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a cloud robot system, including: a cloud computing platform and at least one robot; wherein the cloud computing platform is used for receiving perform information sent by the at least one robot in the system; the perform information includes data, status and requests of the at least one robot; the cloud computing platform is used for processing the data and status, sending process results back to the at least one robot, and sending control instructions to corresponding robot according to the requests; the at least one robot is used for sending the perform information to the cloud computing platform, receiving process results from the cloud computing platform, and performing according to the control instructions sent from the cloud computing platform. By using the present disclosure, computing ability and storage capacity of the robots can be expanded unlimited, while the thinking ability and memory of the robots are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology Chinese Academy of Science
    Inventor: Dingju Zhu
  • Publication number: 20150120046
    Abstract: A system and a method for providing a robot interaction service utilizing a location-based service of a mobile communication terminal. The system for providing a robot interaction service utilizing location information of a mobile communication terminal, includes: a mobile communication terminal for performing a mobile communication service through a wireless communication network, measuring a current location thereof and transmitting the measured location information to a predetermined robot terminal through a communication network; and a robot terminal for receiving the location information from the mobile communication terminal, determining a robot behavior based on the received location information, and controlling the operation thereof according to the determination result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: KT Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun-ho KIM, Jong-Cheol KIM
  • Publication number: 20150112482
    Abstract: A teaching system includes an image generating unit, a projecting unit, a work line generating unit, an arithmetic unit, and a job generating unit. The image generating unit generates a virtual image including a robot and a workpiece having a processed surface to be processed by the robot. The projecting unit generates a projection plane orthogonal to a normal direction of a desired point on the processed surface selected on the virtual image and projects the processed surface onto the projection plane. The work line generating unit generates a work line for the robot based on setting contents received via the projection plane. The arithmetic unit calculates a teaching value including the position and the posture of the robot at each point of the target points. The job generating unit generates a job program for operating the robot in an actual configuration based on the teaching value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Koichi KUWAHARA
  • Patent number: 8992113
    Abstract: An assembly for releasably connecting an end effector in the form of a robotic tool or component to a robotic arm is disclosed. The connection is manually operated and formed of a first and second joint member including a cylindrical body, a locking collar, and a locking wall extending from the cylindrical body. The locking collar is coaxially aligned with and rotatably connected to the first joint member. The second joint member has a cylindrical mating body and a coupler, and engages the first joint member. The coupler also includes key pins, the pins being engageable in keyed relationship with the locking wall, the coupler and locking collar further includes intervening circumferentially spaced teeth, wherein the collar is rotatable to releasably engage the first joint member with the second joint member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: RE2, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank F. Campagna, Nabil Michael Rizk, Keith M. Gunnett
  • Patent number: 8989897
    Abstract: A calibration system for a robot and its peripheral includes an emitter attached to the robot or its peripheral and emits a laser beam and a receiver also mounted to the robot or its peripheral at a point to permit calibration and for receiving the laser beam and to permit calculations to determine the dimension between the emitter and the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dynalog, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre de Smet
  • Patent number: 8978196
    Abstract: An autonomous coverage robot includes a body having at least one outer wall, a drive system disposed on the body and configured to maneuver the robot over a work surface, and a cleaning assembly carried by the body. The cleaning assembly includes first and second cleaning rollers rotatably coupled to the body, a suction assembly having a channel disposed adjacent at least one of the cleaning rollers, and a container in fluid communication with the channel. The container is configured to collect debris drawn into the channel. The suction assembly is configured to draw debris removed from the work surface by at least one of the cleaning rollers into the channel, and the container has a wall common with the at least one outer wall of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Selma Svendsen, Daniel N. Ozick, Christopher M. Casey, Deepak Ramesh Kapoor, Tony L. Campbell, Chikyung Won, Christopher John Morse, Scott Thomas Burnett
  • Patent number: 8954192
    Abstract: A method of navigating an autonomous coverage robot between bounded areas includes positioning a navigation beacon in a gateway between adjoining first and second bounded areas. The beacon configured to transmit a gateway marking emission across the gateway. The method also includes placing the coverage robot within the first bounded area. The robot autonomously traverses the first bounded area in a cleaning mode and upon encountering the gateway marking emission in the gateway, the robot remains in the first bounded area, thereby avoiding the robot migration into the second area. Upon termination of the cleaning mode in the first area, the robot autonomously initiates a migration mode to move through the gateway, past the beacon, into the second bounded area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel N. Ozick, Andrea M. Okerholm, Jeffrey W. Mammen, Michael J. Halloran, Paul E. Sandin, Chikyung Won
  • Patent number: 8950065
    Abstract: A combination component handling and connecting device connectable to a multi-axis robot for use in moving and connecting components and subassemblies includes a housing and an actuator fixedly connected to the housing. The actuator includes an actuating link movable from a first position to a second position. Connected to the actuating link is an end effector for concurrent movement with the actuating link. The component handling and connecting device includes a clamp having a first jaw and a second jaw. The second jaw is connected to the actuating link for selectively moving the second jaw toward the first jaw operative to engage a component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 8950038
    Abstract: A coverage robot including a chassis, multiple drive wheel assemblies disposed on the chassis, and a cleaning assembly carried by the chassis. Each drive wheel assembly including a drive wheel assembly housing, a wheel rotatably coupled to the housing, and a wheel drive motor carried by the drive wheel assembly housing and operable to drive the wheel. The cleaning assembly including a cleaning assembly housing, a cleaning head rotatably coupled to the cleaning assembly housing, and a cleaning drive motor carried by cleaning assembly housing and operable to drive the cleaning head. The wheel assemblies and the cleaning assembly are each separately and independently removable from respective receptacles of the chassis as complete units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Chikyung Won, Paul E. Sandin, Scott Thomas Burnett, Deepak Ramesh Kapoor, Stephen A. Hickey, Robert Rizzari, Zivthan A. Dubrovsky, Selma Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20150032256
    Abstract: To enable simple loading of an appropriate operation control program into a robot controller, provided is a robot system, including: a robot management computer; and robot controllers for controlling robots, respectively, in which the robot management computer includes: a robot information receiving unit for receiving set-up location information about a set-up location of each of the robots; a storage for storing an operation control program of the each of the robots in association with the set-up location information; and an operation control program transmitting unit for transmitting, to each of the robot controllers, the operation control program that is associated with the set-up location information received from the robot information receiving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Yukio HASHIGUCHI, Shinji MURAI, Tomoyuki SHIRAKI
  • Publication number: 20150025681
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include a robotic patient system including a computer system including a processor and a coupled sensor, and a control system configured to receive control data. The robotic patient system also includes a synthetic patient robot including a feature detector and action selector configured to actuate the robot based at least in part on the control data. Some further embodiments of the invention include a computer-implemented method of providing a robotic synthetic patient by providing a synthetic patient robot, configuring a control system to receive control data, extracting and converting a feature from the control data, and converting to an actuator command to move the robotic patient system. Some embodiments include a robot including a computer system including a processor, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, and a control system configured to be coupled to a source of control data to control the robot substantially autonomously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Laurel Dawn Riek
  • Patent number: 8924012
    Abstract: An electro-hydraulic circuit enabling two mechanical devices to shadow each other's movements without any direct mechanically-operative linkage between the devices. The two devices incorporate matching sets of hydraulic actuators for inducing movements of movable components of the devices. For each actuator in a given one of the devices, a system of electronic sensors and hydraulic valves, in conjunction with a central processing and control system, keeps track of the physical positions and configurations of the actuator and the corresponding actuator in the other device, and what the status of the actuators should be in relation to each other. If an actuator associated with one device is moved by an external force, a corresponding actuator in the other device moves in response to that external force, with proportionate direction, speed, and force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Marvel Tech Inc.
    Inventor: Darin J. Chaika
  • Publication number: 20140360092
    Abstract: An artificial predator is a robotic system that does two tasks at the same time by eating An artificial predator will harvest chemical energy from the environment in which it lives by (eating) a target species. The target species is programmed into the robot. The robot uses neural nets (or similar system) for discerning what to target and what to ignore. Then the robot can convert this food into energy. After this process is completed, the robot will continue to hunt and consume its target species. The robot would move through the ecosystem, whether it is natural or manmade. It can be trained to attack a specific target. One potential target would be a plant like a weed on a large agricultural farm. Another potential target could be a pest such as an invasive species of plant or animal. This robot can detect and destroy pests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: DEAN E. COOK, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140364989
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a machine tool and a robot includes a storage unit, configured to store an input machining program including a statement for machine tool and a statement for robot, and a machining program distribution unit configured to transfer the statement for machine tool, out of the statements for machine tool and statements for robot that are included in the stored machining program, to the machine tool control unit and to transfer the statement for robot to the robot control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Takashi HOSAKA
  • Publication number: 20140350725
    Abstract: An intelligent mobile robot having a robot base controller and an onboard navigation system that, in response to receiving a job assignment specifying a job location that is associated with one or more job operations, activates the onboard navigation system to automatically determine a path the mobile robot should use to drive to the job location, automatically determines that using an initially-selected path could cause the mobile robot to run into stationary or non-stationary obstacles, such as people or other mobile robots, in the physical environment, automatically determines a new path to avoid the stationary and non-stationary obstacles, and automatically drives the mobile robot to the job location using the new path, thereby avoiding contact or collisions with those obstacles. After the mobile robot arrives at the job location, it automatically performs said one or more job operations associated with that job location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: ADEPT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew LaFary, Matthew Vestal, George V. Paul
  • Publication number: 20140350727
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing functionality of an interface to control orientations of a camera on a device are provided. In one example, a method includes receiving an input on an interface indicating a command for an orientation of a camera on a robotic device, and the interface may be provided on a device remote from the robotic device. An indicator may be provided on the interface representing a location of the input, and the indicator may be representative of the command for the orientation of the camera on the robotic device. The method may also include determining that the location of the input on the interface is within a distance threshold to a pre-set location on the interface, and repositioning the indicator on the interface to be at the pre-set location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Munjal Desai, Ryan Hickman, Thor Lewis, Damon Kohler
  • Patent number: 8896242
    Abstract: A robotic mount is configured to move an entertainment element such as a video display, a video projector or a staircase. The robotic mount is movable in three-dimensions, whereby the associated entertainment element is moveable in three-dimensional space. In one embodiment, a unitary display comprises a plurality of closely spaced individual displays which are mounted to robotic mounts, whereby the configuration of the unitary display may be altered by changing the position of one or more of the displays relative to the others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Flessas
  • Publication number: 20140336820
    Abstract: There is provided a display information acquiring unit for acquiring display information on a screen of a touch panel display, a touch pattern estimating unit for estimating a region on the screen likely to be touched by a person and a motion direction of the touch based on the display information, a load estimating unit for estimating a load or a torque to the display based on the estimated region and the motion direction, a stiffness parameter information generating unit for generating information for controlling the arm so that the position and the orientation of the display do not change along the touching direction at the time of touch panel input based on the estimated load or torque, and an arm control unit for controlling a stiffness parameter of the arm based on the generated information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Yudai FUDABA, Yuko TSUSAKA, Jun OZAWA
  • Publication number: 20140330432
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling movement of a continuum robot that includes a plurality of independently controlled segments along the length of the continuum robot. The continuum robot is inserted into a cavity of unknown dimensions or shape. A plurality of forces acting upon the continuum robot by the surrounding cavity are estimated. A positioning command indicating a desired movement of the distal end of the continuum robot is received from a manipulator control. The desired movement is augmented based, at least in part, on the estimated plurality of forces acting on the continuum robot such that movement is restricted to within safe boundaries of the surrounding cavity. The positioning of the continuum robot is then adjusted based on the augmented desired movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Nabil Simaan, Andrea Bajo, James L. Netterville, C. Gaelyn Garrett
  • Patent number: 8874265
    Abstract: Method and System of removing material from a debris pile which includes blocks of material. The debris pile is characterized to create a static equilibrium diagram illustrating one or more forces acting on each of the plurality of blocks of material. The blocks are ranked according to a number of touch points that each block of material touches another block of material. A block having a least number of touch points is identified. The block is removed from the static equilibrium diagram. It is determined if the block is removable by a robot. It is determined if the pile of debris would be in static equilibrium after removal of the block. The robot is directed to remove the block. Also included is a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 8839834
    Abstract: A masking device capable of effectively carrying out a masking operation using a masking jig by means of a robot. A step S5, wherein the masking jig is taken out by a second robot, must be completed prior to step S6, and may be carried out until step S2 has been completed, otherwise, may be carried out concurrently with step S4. Since the taking out operation of the masking jig by the second robot may be concurrently with the detecting/taking-out operation of the workpiece or the applying operation of adhesive by the first robot, cycle time may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Okuda
  • Publication number: 20140258192
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for training a recognition capability by using a robot and to a method for same. Disclosed is the apparatus for training the recognition capability, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprising: an instruction generation portion for transmitting to the robot a series of robot instructions for controlling the behavior of the robot; a sensor portion for collecting sensor information including a 3D position information and color information of a trainee; a trainee behavioral information generation portion for generating behavioral information of the trainee, based on the sensor information that is collected; and a recognition capability determination portion for outputting the recognition capability of the trainee, based on the robot instructions and the behavioral information of the trainee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mun Sang Kim, Mun Taek Choi, Sang Seok Yun, Kyoung Keun Baek, Seong Whan Lee
  • Patent number: 8831780
    Abstract: A Global Virtual Presence (SGVP) platform integrates communications, robotics and Men Machine Interface (MMI) technologies and provides a unique way of delivering virtual presence experience to a user. The user can control a Robotic Virtual Explorer Devices (RVEDs) and receive a real-time media stream at his virtual terminal. In addition to real-time interactive video feeds, the system provides a pre-recorded video feed gallery of various most unreachable areas of the world, thereby providing a feeling of virtual-like presence to people, who may never see these places due to physical and financial constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Stanislav Zelivinski, Arkady Linshitz
  • Publication number: 20140249671
    Abstract: A power-saving robot system includes at least one peripheral device and a mobile robot. The peripheral device includes a controller having an active mode and a hibernation mode, and a wireless communication component capable of activation in the hibernation mode. A controller of the robot has an activating routine that communicates with and temporarily activates the peripheral device, via wireless communication, from the hibernation mode. In another aspect, a robot system includes a network data bridge and a mobile robot. The network data bridge includes a broadband network interface, a wireless command interface, and a data bridge component. The data bridge component extracts serial commands received via the broadband network interface from an internet protocol, applies a command protocol thereto, and broadcasts the serial commands via the wireless interface. The mobile robot includes a wireless command communication component that receives the serial commands transmitted from the network data bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Halloran, Jeffrey W. Mammen, Tony L. Campbell, Jason S. Walker, Paul E. Sandin, John N. Billington, JR., Daniel N. Ozick
  • Publication number: 20140244038
    Abstract: The invention is related to methods and apparatus that use a visual sensor and dead reckoning sensors to process Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM). These techniques can be used in robot navigation. Advantageously, such visual techniques can be used to autonomously generate and update a map. Unlike with laser rangefinders, the visual techniques are economically practical in a wide range of applications and can be used in relatively dynamic environments, such as environments in which people move. One embodiment further advantageously uses multiple particles to maintain multiple hypotheses with respect to localization and mapping. Further advantageously, one embodiment maintains the particles in a relatively computationally-efficient manner, thereby permitting the SLAM processes to be performed in software using relatively inexpensive microprocessor-based computer systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: L. Niklas Karlsson, Paolo Pirjanian, Luis Filipe Domingues Goncalves, Enrico Di Bernardo
  • Patent number: 8818554
    Abstract: An event execution method and system for a robot synchronized with a mobile terminal is provided for enabling a robot synchronized with a mobile terminal or a character displayed in the mobile terminal to execute an event on behalf of the mobile terminal and share experience points of the character displayed in the mobile terminal. The event execution system includes a mobile terminal and a robot synchronized with the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Jai Lee, Suk Ryun Son
  • Patent number: 8793018
    Abstract: In a method and a computer system for controlling an industrial robot, multiple data packets are received by the computer system, each of the data packets having a destination address with different priority classes being associated therewith in advance by the computer system. A chronological association of tasks with the resources of the computer system is made for processing the individual received data packets, based on the relevant priority class of the destination address of a received data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kuka Laboratories GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Müller
  • Publication number: 20140200712
    Abstract: Techniques that palletize bundles at high-speed. A robotic controller includes a vision system that determines a location and orientation of incoming bundles, a tracking system that communicates between the controller and a conveyor, and a robot that coordinates its movement with the bundles. The tracking system identifies the location and orientation of each bundle, informs the controller, and causes the robot to track its location and orientation with incoming bundles. The controller receives information on the location and orientation of each bundle. The controller instructs the robot to move in coordination with each incoming bundle, instructs the robot where and at what orientation to pick up the bundle, and instructs the robot how to move the bundle to a tier-and-stacking position. The controller can instruct the robot how to pick up each bundle on the fly as the bundle moves into range on the incoming conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Marius D. Batrin, Curtis A. Roth
  • Patent number: 8770247
    Abstract: In a masking system a robot performs first conveyance work of making an object gripping unit grip an object and set the object at a predetermined position based on positional information of the object which was detected by a first detection unit, coating work of making a coating unit coat an adhesive on a masking location of the object which is set at the predetermined position, and second conveyance work of making a masking piece gripping unit adhere a masking piece to the masking location of the object based on positional information of the masking piece which was detected by a second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Oda, Kazuhisa Otsuka, Mitsuhiro Okuda, Eiichirou Nagasue
  • Publication number: 20140130631
    Abstract: An umbilical member guide device of an industrial robot including an umbilical member guide body interposed between a shaft member and an end effector. The umbilical member guide body includes a first plate part having a first through hole through which the umbilical member passing through the shaft member passes, a second plate part arranged facing the first plate part, and a connecting part connecting the first plate part and the second plate part together and forming an opening part between the first plate part and the second plate part, and the second plate part further has a second through hole and a communicating part communicating the opening part and the second through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Hirokazu Kume
  • Patent number: 8682485
    Abstract: A system and method can provide a command and control paradigm for integrating robotic assets into human teams. By integrating sensor to detect human interaction, movement, physiology, and location, a net-centric system can permit command of a robotic platform without an OCU. By eliminating the OCU and maintaining the advantages of a robotic platform, a robot can be used in the place of a human without fatigue, being immune to physiological effects, capable of non-humanoid tactics, a longer potential of hours per day on-station, capable of rapid and structured information transfer, has a personality-free response, can operate in contaminated areas, and is line-replaceable with identical responses. A system for controlling a robotic platform can comprise at least one perceiver for collecting information from a human or the environment; a reasoner for processing the information from the at least one perceiver and providing a directive; and at least one behavior for executing the directive of the reasoner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Leidos, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anhalt, Keith D. Gremban
  • Patent number: 8666547
    Abstract: Cellular automotion digital material is useable for rapid prototyping and fabrication of continuous string conformations and two- or three-dimensional shapes through actuation of a string, surface, or volume composed of identical discrete units. Each unit is an actuated joint having a single degree of freedom. The actuated joint includes a two-part actuator having an inner active portion and an outer passive portion that are controllably rotatable relative to each other, the outer portion being configured to fit within the housing of an adjacent cellular automotion unit, and a linkage element that includes a main strut and a housing and is connected to the actuator by a pin connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Cheung, Ara Knaian, Neil Gershenfeld
  • Patent number: 8666545
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a user interface apparatus and control method for the control of service robots. The user interface apparatus for the control of service robots includes an interaction server, an index block, and a robot control server. The interaction server receives control commands to control a service robot from a user, analyzes the control commands, and outputs the results of the analysis to the user. The index block determines the degree of difficulty of each of the analyzed control commands. The robot control server determines the operating mode of the service robot depending on the analyzed control command and the degree of difficulty, and controls the service robot in the determined operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sungkyunkwan University Foundation for Corporate Collaboration
    Inventors: Jae Wook Jeon, Tae Houn Song, Soon Mook Jung, Hyun Uk Jung, Myung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8660693
    Abstract: Provided is a technique that enables a robot to be remotely controlled (by a server) and enables a robot component to access an external component (a component of a server) in order for cooperation of heterogeneous robots operating on the basis of different component models. A component integration apparatus for collaboration of a heterogeneous robot according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a standard interface unit that provides a common standard interface for controlling components that control the individual functions of the robot; an adapter component that transmits commands to enable external components to call the components through the standard interface unit; and a proxy component that transmits commands to enable the components to call the external components through the standard interface unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Young-Ho Suh, Kang-Woo Lee, Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8660690
    Abstract: A robot control system has a portable operating device TP and a robot control device RC. The portable operating device TP is actuated by a rechargeable secondary battery and used to operate a robot R. The robot control device RC is capable of wireless communication with the portable operating device TP and performs automatic operation of the robot R based on teaching data provided by the portable operating device TP. The robot control system causes an emergency stop of the robot R when the wireless communication between the portable operating device TP and the robot control device RC is interrupted. The robot control system further includes a charging device CU, a connection monitoring section 12, and an automatic operation continuing section 11. The charging device CU charges the secondary battery by electrically connecting the portable operating device TP to the robot control device RC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Daihen Corporation, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Yasuhiro Koujina, Yuji Nakatsugawa
  • Publication number: 20140041321
    Abstract: A new system of building construction, technology and methods for making the skin complex of a building as elements on a roof or façade of which solar panels/systems are a part are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Alain Poivet
  • Patent number: 8649892
    Abstract: There is provided a production management system that requires no backup step for performing a backup operation when trouble occurs in a robot, and can increase workability of a repair operation of the robot. The production management system for a production line mixedly including robot operation steps and manual operation steps, including: a monitor that displays the cause of abnormality that occurs in the robot operation step; a warning device that warns of occurrence of abnormality in the robot operation step; and a robot reversing device that reverses the orientation of a robot when abnormality occurs in the robot, wherein production is continued by changing the robot operation step where the abnormality occurs to the manual operation step. Also, a repair operation is performed for the robot reversed by the robot reversing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Miyazaki, Shinji Kobayashi, Yoshio Matsuoka, Yoshio Hata, Jun Hikoe
  • Patent number: 8644989
    Abstract: In order to program the sealing membranes to be applied to attachment parts of vehicle bodies, for example to the edge-formed seam of vehicle doors using a robot, an attachment part may be removed from the body and, away from the latter, be mounted on a teach frame where all regions of the attachment part which need to be coated are highly visible to the programmer during programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Rademacher, Martin Wolf
  • Patent number: 8644990
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing robot interaction services using an interactive behavior model for interaction between a user and a robot includes: a control module having a behavior model engine for receiving an observation signal from the outside and determining and outputting an interactive behavior signal based on previously stored behavior and policy models; a robot application module for executing a robot application service and applying the behavior signal to provide the service; a robot function operating module having sensors for observing an external circumstance and a function operating means for performing behavior or function of the robot; and a middleware module for extracting external circumstance observation information and service history information and inputting the information to the control module as the observation signal, and for analyzing the behavior signal to generate and provide motion and function operating signals to the robot function operating module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventors: Jong-Cheol Kim, Hyun-Ho Kim, Joo-Won Sung, Myoung-Wan Koo
  • Publication number: 20140015959
    Abstract: A pool cleaning system utilizes a powered robotic surface cleaning vehicle to travel adjacent water containing surfaces of a pool while submerged within the pool. In one implementation, a camera captures movement of the vehicle. In one implementation, a dry station serve the intermediary across a wide area network between the vehicle and a server which communicates with the portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: AQUA PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Kameshwar Durvasula, William Londono Correa
  • Publication number: 20140015914
    Abstract: A mobile robot system for video teleconferencing system is described herein. A robot can be operable by a remote user. Via the robot, a remote user can interact within a local user's environment to provide telepresence capabilities. For example, the robot can be deployed on a horizontal surface, such as a table or desktop. The robot can include a microcontroller, a drive unit, and interface to a consumer device, such as a mobile device. The drive unit can include two or more motors for providing motion capabilities. The microcontroller can be wired or communicatively coupled to the consumer device. In general, the consumer device may be a mobile phone or a tablet computer where processing power and wireless or other capabilities of these devices can be utilized by the system. The system can be based on a networking protocol providing multi-party data exchanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Claire Delaunay
  • Patent number: 8627740
    Abstract: An industrial robot adapted for a harsh environment involving exposure to salt water. A robot arm includes a plurality of arm parts movable relative each other about a plurality of joints. Electrical motors move the arm parts. A salt water proof coating on at least a portion of an exterior of the robot arm parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Charlotte Skourup, Johan Gunnar, John Pretlove
  • Patent number: 8630736
    Abstract: A conveying device capable of sequentially and efficiently picking up a plurality of randomly located rods, and conveying the picked up rod to a predetermined place, without using a complicated mechanism. A sucking unit has a nozzle attached to a robot hand, and is configured to move the nozzle close to an end of a first cylindrical portion of a rod to be picked. The nozzle is configured to hold the rod by being lifted while sucking the first portion within the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Hariki, Shigenori Kajio, Takaki Aiba
  • Patent number: 8629834
    Abstract: A haptic communication system having a range of sensors embedded with an operator's attire. Data collected by the sensors is processed by a computing device local to the operator and is communicated via a haptic modality in real-time to other team members and robotic assets in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Anthrotronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack M. Vice, Corinna E. Lathan, James Drane, Jonathan Farris, Bryan Hays, Joli Rightmyer, Anna Skinner
  • Publication number: 20140012787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for information process and motor control using artificially constructed apparatus. More specially, the present invention provides a system and method that can process nature language and other informational input including visual, audio and other sensory inputs and respond intelligently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Qin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130345863
    Abstract: In accordance with various embodiments, a user interface embedded into a robot facilitates robot training via direct and intuitive physical interactions. In some embodiments, the user interface includes a wrist cuff that, when grasped by the user, switches the robot into zero-force gravity-compensated mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Rethink Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Natan Linder, Rodney Brooks, Michael Sussman, Bruce Blumberg, Noelle Dye, Michael Caine, Elaine Y. Chen
  • Publication number: 20130331987
    Abstract: The invention is related to methods and apparatus that use a visual sensor and dead reckoning sensors to process Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM). These techniques can be used in robot navigation. Advantageously, such visual techniques can be used to autonomously generate and update a map. Unlike with laser rangefinders, the visual techniques are economically practical in a wide range of applications and can be used in relatively dynamic environments, such as environments in which people move. One embodiment further advantageously uses multiple particles to maintain multiple hypotheses with respect to localization and mapping. Further advantageously, one embodiment maintains the particles in a relatively computationally-efficient manner, thereby permitting the SLAM processes to be performed in software using relatively inexpensive microprocessor-based computer systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: L. Niklas Karlsson, Paolo Pirjanian, Luis Filipe Domingues Goncalves, Enrico Di Bernardo
  • Publication number: 20130325776
    Abstract: Neural network apparatus and methods for implementing reinforcement learning. In one implementation, the neural network is a spiking neural network, and the apparatus and methods may be used for example to enable an adaptive signal processing system to effect focused exploration by associative adaptation, including providing a negative reward signal to the network, which may increase excitability of the neurons in combination with decrease in excitability of active neurons. In certain implementations, the increase is gradual and of smaller magnitude, compared to the excitability decrease. In some implementations, the increase/decrease of the neuron excitability is effectuated by increasing/decreasing an efficacy of the respective synaptic connections delivering presynaptic inputs into the neuron. The focused exploration may be achieved for instance by non-associative potentiation configured based at least on the input spike rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Filip Ponulak, Oleg Sinyavskiy