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US10183399B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10183399B2
Publication date: 2019-01-22
Application number: 15/174,007
Filing date: 2016-06-06
Inventor: Lin, Shueei-muh  
Abstract: A six-axis motion mechanism combines three translation axes in the directions of the X-axis, the Y-axis, and the Z-axis and three rotation axes in the directions of the x-axis, the y-axis, and the z-axis to carry out a six-axis compound motion. The six-axis motion mechanism includes a movable support frame provided with a connecting mechanism. Drive mechanisms are provided in the directions of the X-axis, the Y-axis, and the Z-axis respectively for controlling the displacement, velocity and acceleration of three translation axes. Rotation mechanisms are provided in the directions of the x-axis, the y-axis, and the z-axis respectively for controlling the rotation angles (θ, φ, Ψ), angular velocity, and angular acceleration of the three rotation axes. The six-axis motion mechanism further includes a motion body which can proceed its rotation and displacement at any angle to imitate a single motion of rolling, yawing and pitching and a compound motion. A six-axis motion mechanism combines three translation axes in the directions of the X-axis, the Y-axis, and the Z-axis and three rotation axes in the directions of the x-axis, the y-axis, and the z-axis to carry out a six-axis compound motion. The six-axis motion mechanism ...more ...less
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US10179406B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179406B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/311,800
Filing date: 2015-06-05
Abstract: A humanoid robot which can move on its lower limb to execute a trajectory and is capable of detecting intrusion of obstacles in a safety zone defined around its body as a function of its speed is provided. Preferably when the robot executes a predefined trajectory, for instance a part of a choreography, the robot which avoids collision with an obstacle will rejoin its original trajectory after avoidance of the obstacle. Rejoining trajectory and speed of the robot are adapted so that it is resynchronized with the initial trajectory. Advantageously, the speed of the joints of the upper members of the robot is adapted in case the distance with an obstacle decreases below a preset minimum. Also, the joints are stopped in case a collision of the upper members with the obstacle is predicted. A humanoid robot which can move on its lower limb to execute a trajectory and is capable of detecting intrusion of obstacles in a safety zone defined around its body as a function of its speed is provided. Preferably when the robot executes a predefined trajectory, for instance ...more ...less
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US10195738B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10195738B2
Publication date: 2019-02-05
Application number: 15/498,182
Filing date: 2017-04-26
Inventor: Hemken, Heinz  
Assignee: Hemken, Heinz
Abstract: Using various embodiments, methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for data collection from a subject using a sensor apparatus. In one embodiment, an apparatus for use by a subject, the sensor apparatus is disclosed, comprising a sensor configured to capture and transmit data related to movements by the subject and a computing device coupled to the sensor to receive sensor data transmitted by the sensor, save the data in a track in a data file. The data file can have a plurality of tracks, each track saving data of a different sensor. The data thus saved can then be processed by another computing device. Using various embodiments, methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for data collection from a subject using a sensor apparatus. In one embodiment, an apparatus for use by a subject, the sensor apparatus is disclosed, comprising a sensor configured to capture and transmit ...more ...less
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US10173320B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10173320B1
Publication date: 2019-01-08
Application number: 15/177,321
Filing date: 2016-06-08
Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for optimizing robot-implemented tasks based at least in part on historical task and location correlated duration data collected from one or more robots. Historical task and location correlated duration data may, in some implementations, include durations of different tasks performed in different locations by one or more robots in one or more particular environments, and knowledge of such durations may be used to optimize tasks performed by the same or different robots in the future. Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for optimizing robot-implemented tasks based at least in part on historical task and location correlated duration data collected from one or more robots. Historical task and location correlated duration data ...more ...less
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US10175688B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10175688B2
Publication date: 2019-01-08
Application number: 15/261,770
Filing date: 2016-09-09
Abstract: Provided is a remote control apparatus for remotely controlling a moving robot, including: a user interface unit displaying a map associated with a traveling area of a moving robot and receiving a user command associated with an operation of the moving robot; a processor selecting at least a part of the map as a designated area and generating a control signal for remotely controlling the moving robot by considering the received user command; and a wireless communication unit transmitting the generated control signal to the moving robot and receiving a response signal depending on the control signal from the moving robot. Provided is a remote control apparatus for remotely controlling a moving robot, including: a user interface unit displaying a map associated with a traveling area of a moving robot and receiving a user command associated with an operation of the moving robot; a processor ...more ...less
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US10262885B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10262885B2
Publication date: 2019-04-16
Application number: 14/424,415
Filing date: 2013-09-02
Abstract: A multifunction wafer and film frame handling system includes a wafer table assembly having a wafer table providing an ultra-planar wafer table surface configured for carrying a wafer or a film frame, and at least one of: a flattening apparatus configured for automatically applying a downward force to portions of a warped or non-planar wafer in a direction normal to the wafer table surface; a displacement limitation apparatus configured for automatically constraining or preventing uncontrolled lateral motion of a wafer relative to the wafer table surface after cessation of an applied negative pressure and application of a positive pressure to the underside of the wafer via the wafer table; and a rotational misalignment compensation apparatus configured for automatically compensating for a rotational misalignment of a wafer mounted on a film frame. A multifunction wafer and film frame handling system includes a wafer table assembly having a wafer table providing an ultra-planar wafer table surface configured for carrying a wafer or a film frame, and at least one of: a flattening apparatus configured for automatically ...more ...less
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US10272563B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10272563B2
Publication date: 2019-04-30
Application number: 15/702,027
Filing date: 2017-09-12
Abstract: A tooling arm includes a housing, a drive system, a lead screw and nut assembly, and a scoop assembly. The lead screw and nut assembly is operably connected to the drive system such that rotation of the nut drives the lead screw upwardly and downwardly relative to the housing. The scoop assembly is operably connected to the lead screw. The scoop assembly has an open position and a closed position and movement of the lead screw downwardly responsively moves the scoop assembly from the open position to the closed position. A tooling arm includes a housing, a drive system, a lead screw and nut assembly, and a scoop assembly. The lead screw and nut assembly is operably connected to the drive system such that rotation of the nut drives the lead screw upwardly and downwardly relative to the housing ...more ...less
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US10274505B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10274505B2
Publication date: 2019-04-30
Application number: 15/236,185
Filing date: 2016-08-12
Abstract: An analytical laboratory system and method for processing samples is disclosed. A sample container is transported from an input area to a distribution area by a gripper comprising a means for inspecting a tube. An image is captured of the sample container. The image is analyzed to determine a sample container identification. A liquid level of the sample in the sample container is determined. A scheduling system determines a priority for processing the sample container based on the sample container identification. The sample container is transported from the distribution area to a subsequent processing module by the gripper. An analytical laboratory system and method for processing samples is disclosed. A sample container is transported from an input area to a distribution area by a gripper comprising a means for inspecting a tube. An image is captured of the sample container. The image is analyzed ...more ...less
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US10239218B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10239218B1
Publication date: 2019-03-26
Application number: 15/883,426
Filing date: 2018-01-30
Abstract: A robot with an animated segment including a generally cylindrical structural frame. The frame includes a plurality of spaced apart plastic ribs that each have a curved or arcuate body that is arranged to be convex relative to a central axis of the structural frame. A first end of each rib is pivotally coupled with a lower ring, and a second end of each rib is pivotally coupled with an upper ring. A flexible outer covering is positioned over the structural frame and is attached to one or more of the ribs. This provides a robotic segment that is animated with an organic feel and natural movement by providing an actuator in the robot segment that is operated by a controller to move one or both of the rings such as linearly along a central axis of the structural frame (e.g., toward and away from the other ring). A robot with an animated segment including a generally cylindrical structural frame. The frame includes a plurality of spaced apart plastic ribs that each have a curved or arcuate body that is arranged to be convex relative to a central axis of the structural frame. A first end ...more ...less
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US10265859B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10265859B2
Publication date: 2019-04-23
Application number: 15/426,052
Filing date: 2017-02-06
Abstract: A mobile robot is configured for operation in a commercial or industrial setting, such as an office building or retail store. The robot can patrol one or more routes within a building, and can detect violations of security policies by objects, building infrastructure and security systems, or individuals. In response to the detected violations, the robot can perform one or more security operations. The robot can include a removable fabric panel, enabling sensors within the robot body to capture signals that propagate through the fabric. In addition, the robot can scan RFID tags of objects within an area, for instance coupled to store inventory. Likewise, the robot can generate or update one or more semantic maps for use by the robot in navigating an area and for measuring compliance with security policies. A mobile robot is configured for operation in a commercial or industrial setting, such as an office building or retail store. The robot can patrol one or more routes within a building, and can detect violations of security policies by objects, building infrastructure and ...more ...less