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02/26/15
20150054635
 Haptic force-feedback for computing interfaces patent thumbnailnew patent Haptic force-feedback for computing interfaces
Methods, systems, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, provide two degrees of freedom active force feedback for touchscreens or any other general surface. The system includes a rubber ball attached to a pen-like structure with two motors that are capable of rotating freely when external force is applied.
New York University
02/26/15
20150054520
 Micropositioning device with multidegrees of freedom for piezoelectric actuators and associated method patent thumbnailnew patent Micropositioning device with multidegrees of freedom for piezoelectric actuators and associated method
A micropositioning device for a piezoelectric actuator includes a means for controlling an electric field applied to the piezoelectric actuator so as to deform the piezoelectric material, and means for simultaneous measurement of a variation of electric charge accumulated on the piezoelectric actuator resulting from the deformation; and means for acquiring measurements of the variation of electric charge, for processing these acquisitions and for estimating a displacement (x, y, z) of the piezoelectric actuator and/or an applied force.. .
Ecole Nationale Superieure De Mecanique Et Des Microtechniques
02/19/15
20150051733
 Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses patent thumbnailSoftware center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses
Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
02/19/15
20150049862
 Mobile imaging system and method patent thumbnailMobile imaging system and method
A mobile fluoroscopic imaging system having a portable radiation source capable of emitting radiation in both single and, alternatively, pulse emissions and adapted to move in all degrees of freedom; a portable detector operable to detect radiation from the radiation source, wherein the detector is adapted to move independently of the radiation source in all degrees of freedom; the radiation source and detector each comprises an alignment sensor in communication with a computer; the computer is in communication with the radiation source and the detector; the position, distance and orientation of the radiation source and the detector are established by the computer; and the computer sends an activation signal to the radiation source to indicate when radiation may be emitted. Preferably, the radiation source is prevented from emission of radiation until the detector and the radiation source have achieved predetermined alignment conditions..
Portavision Medical Llc
02/19/15
20150049399
 Vibration control in data storage devices patent thumbnailVibration control in data storage devices
A storage device has a device body and a read/write head for reading and writing data in a data track of a storage medium. An actuator system is mounted on the device body for effecting movement of the read/write head relative to the data track to align the head with the data track.
International Business Machines Corporation
02/19/15
20150048203
 Payload suspension for lighter-than-air structures patent thumbnailPayload suspension for lighter-than-air structures
This invention provides a configuration of suspension lines, anchored with respect to an inner surface of an lta structure, and which provide reactive forces between an lta structure and its payload so as to constrain the translational and rotational motion of the payload to be nearly rigid with respect to the lta structure. Illustratively, the configuration constrains the motion of the payload with respect to the lta structure along all six degrees of freedom: e.g.
Altaeros Energies, Inc.
02/19/15
20150048017
 Out-of-vat liquid filter for ensuring reliable connection of water pipe connector patent thumbnailOut-of-vat liquid filter for ensuring reliable connection of water pipe connector
Disclosed is an out-of-vat liquid filter for ensuring reliable connection of a water pipe connector, comprising a liquid filtration tank and the water pipe connector. The water pipe connector comprises two water pipe connecting bases, a valve driving shaft, a latch tongue, a driving device with two degrees of freedom, and a handle.
Shenzhen Xingrisheng Industrial Co., Ltd
02/19/15
20150047789
 Tire changing machine with bead loosener arm patent thumbnailTire changing machine with bead loosener arm
A wheel servicing machine has a bead loosener arm powered by an actuator attached to a machine base. The actuator includes a moveable actuator rod coupled to the bead loosener arm at a pivoting joint.
Hennessy Industries, Inc.
02/19/15
20150047452
 Robotic mechanism with two degrees of freedom patent thumbnailRobotic mechanism with two degrees of freedom
A robotic link mechanism comprising a pair of base elements connected by a passive flexible joint, such that flexure of the joint changes the mutual orientation of the base elements. A pair of obliquely truncated cylinders are confined between the base elements such that the obliquely formed end surfaces of the cylinders can rotate in sliding contact with each other, and the other end of each cylinder can rotate in sliding contact with its associated base element.
Technion Research & Development Foundation Ltd.
02/12/15
20150042873
 Phone adapter for optical devices patent thumbnailPhone adapter for optical devices
An adapter that optically couples a camera on a mobile device to an eye piece of an optical device. The adapter includes a base plate configured to retain the mobile device without obstructing a display screen on the mobile device.
Field Logic, Inc.
02/12/15
20150041227

Six-legged walking robot having robotic arms for legs and plurality of joints


Disclosed is a hexapod walking robot having a robot arm combined with a leg and a plurality of joints. The hexapod walking robot having a robot arm combined with a leg and a plurality of joints includes a robot body; a plurality of legs installed to the robot body such that the legs have various degrees of freedom; and at least one grip unit installed to at least one of the legs such that at least one grip unit is foldable..
Korea Institute Of Ocean Science & Technology
02/12/15
20150040711

Parallel micro-robot with 5-degrees-of-freedom


A parallel micro-robot with five degrees of freedom that is capable of manufacturing in compact size as well as capable of controlling more precisely compared with conventional parallel robot is disclosed. The parallel micro-robot with five degrees of freedom is capable of controlling an angle of the operating plate very precisely around two shafts rotating connection means which couples operating plate and up/down height adjusting actuator using a first and second angle adjusting actuator, and therefore, high accuracy is secured..
Koh Young Technology Inc.
02/05/15
20150039090

Systems and methods for vertebral disc replacement


The present invention provides artificial disc prostheses, methods and instrumentation for implantation and revision thereof. Each prosthesis may comprise superior and inferior end plates and a nucleus positioned between articular surfaces of the end plates.
Synergy Disc Replacement, Inc.
02/05/15
20150038836

Sterile optical sensor system having an adjustment mechanism


Systems, methods and a sensor alignment mechanism are disclosed for medical navigational guidance systems. In one example, a system to make sterile a non-sterile optical sensor for use in navigational guidance during surgery includes a sterile drape having an optically transparent window to drape the optical sensor in a sterile barrier and a sensor alignment mechanism.
Intellijoint Surgical Inc.
02/05/15
20150037191

Axially compliant orbiting plate scroll and scroll pump comprising the same


An orbiting plate scroll of a scroll pump includes an orbiting plate having a first side and a second side, an orbiting scroll blade projecting in an axial direction from the first side of the orbiting plate, and a flexure whose compliance is in the axial direction. The flexure is coupled to the orbiting plate at the second side of the orbiting plate, and couples the orbiting plate and orbiting scroll blade to bearings that allow for free rotation of the orbiting plate scroll about a longitudinal axis, while constraining motion of the orbiting plate scroll in the remaining degrees of freedom..
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
02/05/15
20150035206

Single-use biological 3 dimensional printer


A three dimensional printing device has a sterilizable printer assembly including at least one printing head, a printing platform, and a driving mechanism adapted to perform a movement of the at least one printing head relative to the printing platform along three degrees of freedom; a printer housing enclosing the printer assembly in a sterile manner, at least one aseptic connector fluidly connected to a corresponding one of the at least one printing head.. .
Sartorius Stedim Biotech Gmbh
01/29/15
20150032126

Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses


Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
01/29/15
20150031953

Manual control system for maneuvering an endoscope


The present invention provides a system for maneuvering an endoscope (sfme) during a medical procedure, comprising a. At least one maneuvering system, adapted to maneuver said endoscope in at least two degrees of freedom (dof); and, b.
M.s.t. Medical Surgery Technologies Ltd.
01/29/15
20150029121

Slide unlocking touchscreen device under screen locking state


A slide unlocking method for a touchscreen device under a screen locking state is provided. The method includes steps of: sampling a track generated by the sliding of a user's finger on a touchscreen, and sequentially acquiring a plurality of sampling points; acquiring a first sampling point and a last sampling point of the track, and calculating a transverse sliding distance and a longitudinal sliding distance of the finger on the touchscreen; and unlocking the touchscreen when the transverse sliding distance is greater than or equal to a first preset distance and the longitudinal sliding distance is less than or equal to a second preset distance; otherwise, keeping the screen in the lock state.
Huizhou Tcl Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
01/22/15
20150024964

Uses of systems with degrees of freedom poised between fully quantum and fully classical states


Disclosed herein are systems and uses of systems operating between fully quantum coherent and fully classical states. Such systems operate in what is termed the “poised realm” and exhibit unique behaviors that can be applied to a number of useful applications.
Tampere University Of Technology
01/15/15
20150019090

Transmission clutch control using lumped inertia modeling


A vehicle powertrain includes an engine, transmission, torque converter assembly, and controller. The controller includes recorded lumped inertia models of the powertrain and instructions for executing a clutch-to-clutch shift using these models.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc
01/15/15
20150015785

Robotically controlled entertainment elements


A robotic mount is configured to move an entertainment element such as a video display, a video projector, a video projector screen or a staircase. The robotic mount is movable in multiple degrees of freedom, whereby the associated entertainment element is moveable in three-dimensional space.
01/15/15
20150013910

Substrate processing apparatus


A transfer apparatus for transporting substrates in a transfer chamber having a first and second ends and two sides extending between the ends. The transfer apparatus includes a drive section, at least one base arm fixed at one end with respect to the transfer chamber and including at least one arm link rotatably coupled to the drive section and at least one transfer arm rotatably coupled to a common end of the base arm, the at least one transfer arm has two end effectors.
Brooks Automation, Inc.
01/15/15
20150013751

Suitable control a system of photovoltaic concentration modules


The invention relates to a suitable control method for a system of photovoltaic concentration modules, which can be used to maintain the correct orientation of the modules in order to track the sun without requiring the use of positioning sensors. The sun is tracked by performing angular movements in relation to each of the degrees of freedom at given intervals, measuring the power or current supplied by the energy collection module(s).
Abengoa Solar New Technologies S.a.
01/08/15
20150011915

Apparatus and evaluating joint performance


The present invention is generally directed to apparatuses and methods for evaluating the amount of “play” in a joint. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided that quantifies the rotation of the tibia in response to a known torque.
01/08/15
20150009145

Interaction peripheral device capable of controlling an element for touching and grasping multidimensional virtual objects


An interaction peripheral device (1) capable of controlling an element for touching and grasping multidimensional virtual objects, including at least two interaction modules (20), each interaction module (20) being intended to be actuated by a finger of an operator and including a control sensor allowing control of displacement, according to a predetermined number of degrees of freedom, of a portion of the element for touching and grasping virtual objects by bending/extending and/or adduction/abduction displacement of the finger of the operator, and a vibrator able to emit a vibration upon touching and/or letting go of a virtual object by a portion of said element for touching and grasping virtual objects, characterized in that each interaction module (20) is attached to said peripheral device through a connection (40) in a damping material.. .
01/08/15
20150007483

Bladed fishing lure


A bladed weighted fishing lure is provided in which the blade is designed to oscillate side-to-side during retrieval and is loosely, but securely affixed to a wireform. The wireform includes an inferior portion that is rigidly secured to a weighted body and includes a medially placed feature for attachment of a fishing line.
01/01/15
20150004630

Cell-based tissue analysis


Methods for cell-based tissue analysis utilize modern trends in digital microscopy to obtain, process, calibrate, and analyze digital images of tissue sections to quantify cell-based data for improved histological analysis. Using data from multiple images of a common tissue section, or data from images of multiple tissue sections, additional degrees of freedom are realized and the resulting analysis provides added depth to histological analysis of tissue samples.
Flagship Biosciences, Llc
01/01/15
20150001842

Multi-axis hose connector assembly


A multi-axis hose connector is provided. The assembly comprises a first and second hose connector end secured to a first and second housing.
12/25/14
20140378876

Device for the rehabilitation of movements of the foot


A device (7) for the rehabilitation of the movements of the foot (1) includes a supporting base (8) and a mobile platform (9) with a supporting surface (10) for resting the sole of the foot (1), wherein the mobile platform (9) is secured to the supporting base (8) by a pure rotation movement mechanism (12) with three degrees of freedom of rotary movement independent the one from the other and placed in parallel which allow rotations of the mobile platform around three axes (13, 14, 15) which intersect one another in a single rotation center (p). The supporting surface (10) is turned towards the rotation center (p) and is distant from the rotation center (p) in such a way that the rotation center (p) is positioned in correspondence to the ankle (2) of the foot (1)..
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche
12/25/14
20140377688

Redox flow battery with external supply line and/or disposal line


A redox flow battery is illustrated and described, having at least one cell frame enclosing a cell interior and having at least one supply line provided outside the cell frame for supplying electrolyte to the cell interior and/or at least one disposal line provided outside the cell frames for removing electrolyte from the cell interior. In order to provide greater degrees of freedom in the design of the cell so as to make available redox flow batteries with improved properties, it is envisaged that the supply line for supplying electrolyte to the cell interior and/or the disposal line for removing electrolyte from the cell interior is in fluid contact with the cell interior via a plurality of separate flow channels in the cell frame..
Fraunhofer-gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.
12/25/14
20140375587

Method of controlling virtual object or view point on two dimensional interactive display


A method of controlling a viewpoint of a user or a virtual object on a two-dimensional (2d) interactive display is provided. The method may convert a user input to at least 6 degrees of freedom (dof) structured data according to a number of touch points, a movement direction thereof, and a rotation direction thereof.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
12/25/14
20140373422

Stabilizing shooting rest apparatus and method


Disclosed herein is a stabilizing shooting rest that includes a base attachable to the belt of a wearer. The stabilizing shooting rest further includes a telescopic elongated member having a proximate end attached to the base and extending to a distal end, the telescopic elongated member attaching to the base such that the telescopic elongated member is movable about the base with at least two rotational degrees of freedom.
12/18/14
20140371584

Patient mounted mri and ct compatible robot for needle guidance in interventional procedures


A patient mountable robot includes a four link mechanism, three actuators, and a first robot base. The mechanism includes four links that form a closed loop structure.
Children's National Medical Center
12/18/14
20140371541

System and method retracting body tissue


A method for retracting body tissue providing a retractor system that includes a rail having two opposed widened rail portions separated by a narrowed portion, each widened portion engageable by a separate clamp. The clamps are configured to support the rail to a fixed surface, or to support a surgical device.
Globus Medical, Inc.
12/04/14
20140358254

Technique for converting a model predictive control (mpc) system into an explicit two-degrees of freedom (2dof) control system


A method includes obtaining a reference tracking performance ratio and a disturbance rejection performance ratio associated with a model predictive control (mpc) controller. The method also includes filtering an output target signal for the controller using a first filter based on the reference tracking performance ratio.
12/04/14
20140358162

Robotic platform for mini-invasive surgery


Robotic platform for mini-invasive surgery comprising robotic arms (4a, 4b) suitable to be placed in the body of a patient, introduced through a single access port, which are an extension of external robotic manipulators (19). The continuity between external (1) and internal (4a, 4b) robotic arms is guaranteed by means of a trans-abdominal magnetic connection (6) between the internal robotic arm integral with the external one.
12/04/14
20140354792

Assistive device for positioning a medical instrument relative to an internal organ of a patient


The invention relates to an assistive device for positioning a medical instrument (2) inserted into a natural duct (100) or an artificial duct of a patient relative to an internal organ (p) of a patient, wherein the device comprises a support (1) that is to be inserted at least in part into the body of the patient and supports the medical instrument, means for moving the support, wherein said movement means comprise an articulated arm (9) that includes a plurality of degrees of freedom for moving a proximal end (1a) of the support, means for acquiring images of the internal organ for positioning the medical instrument relative to the internal organ, wherein the image acquisition means comprise a probe (5) supported by the support such that the medical instrument and the probe are rigidly connected, and a control unit (10) for controlling the movement means, which is connected to the image acquisition means and comprises image analyzing means (11) for generating control commands for the articulated arm in order to control at least one movement of the medical instrument relative to the internal organ. The invention further relates to a method for controlling such a device..
11/27/14
20140347736

Systems and methods for aligning a near-eye display device


A near-eye display system includes (a) a near-eye display device, having a display and capable of providing, to a pupil of a user, an image from the display superimposed on an ambient scene, and (b) a fixture for coupling the near-eye display device to a holder mounted to the user, wherein the fixture has a plurality of degrees of freedom for alignment of the display device with respect to the pupil.. .
11/27/14
20140347666

Metrology system optimization for parameter tracking


Methods and systems for evaluating the capability of a measurement system to track measurement parameters through a given process window are presented herein. Performance evaluations include random perturbations, systematic perturbations, or both to effectively characterize the impact of model errors, metrology system imperfections, and calibration errors, among others.
11/20/14
20140343566

Catheter control system and graphical user interface


A remote workstation for the control of percutaneous intervention devices is provided. The remote workstation includes a control system for remotely and independently controlling at least two percutaneous intervention devices.
11/20/14
20140340750

Cube corner retroreflector for measuring six degrees of freedom


A target and method of manufacturing the target is provided. The method of manufacturing includes providing the cube cornered retroreflector, the cube cornered retroreflector including a first, second and third planar reflectors.
11/20/14
20140340372

User interface devices


User interface devices (uids) for sensing position or motion of an actuator assembly in multiple degrees of freedom are disclosed. In one embodiment a uid includes a frame having a top and bottom assembly, an actuator assembly disposed within a volume between the top and bottom of the frame having magnets disposed therein, a sensor array for sensing magnetic fields from the magnets in multiple axes, and a processing element for receiving the sensed magnet fields and generating a uid output signal corresponding to a position, translation, rotation, deformation, or other action of the actuator assembly..
11/13/14
20140336932

Providing a description of aircraft intent


The present invention provides a computer-implemented method of generating an aircraft intent description expressed in a formal language that provides an unambiguous four-dimensional description of an aircraft's intended motion and configuration during a period of flight. A flight intent description is parsed to provide instances of flight intent that span a flight segment, the flight segments together spanning the period of flight.
11/13/14
20140336766

Expandable interbody fusion device


An expandable interbody fusion device includes superior and inferior plates that are configured to receive a sequentially inserted stack of expansion members or wafers. The superior and inferior plates include features that at least initially interlock the two plates until the superior plate is dislodged by pressure from the growing wafer stack.
11/06/14
20140329028

Uv forming roll to roll alignment


A uv forming apparatus and method for roll to roll alignment is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an unrolling mechanism (101), a coating mechanism (102), a uv forming mechanism (100), a stripping mechanism (107) and a withdraw roll mechanism (110); wherein the apparatus further comprises an adjusting alignment mechanism (10) comprising a flat mold supporting apparatus (116) and an alignment probe (108), the flat mold supporting apparatus (116) is capable of adjusting the position of the flat mold at three degrees of freedom including horizontal, vertical, and angle; the mold (112) is disposed on the flat mold supporting apparatus, the uv forming mechanism (100) and the adjusting alignment mechanism (10) are fixed to the forming apparatus.
10/30/14
20140325411

Manipulation of overlapping objects displayed on a multi-touch device


A multi-touch display device that is configured to display multiple objects concurrently and that provides multi-touch controls for manipulating multiple of the displayed objects with multiple degrees of freedom concurrently but independently is configured to reduce the degrees of freedom provided by the manipulation controls for at least two of the displayed objects in response to detecting that an input mechanism is exerting control over the two displayed objects concurrently.. .
10/30/14
20140319194

Apparatus for guiding a moving web


An apparatus (20) for steering a web (22), including a web path having at least one steering roller (24) and an exit roller (26), each having a mount; wherein the steering roller(s) (26) each have an axis of rotation and wherein the mounts for the steering roller(s) (26) can pivot those axes with a total of two degrees of freedom. An array (30) comprising a plurality of sensors (30a) for monitoring the position of the web (22) is present connected to a controller so as to determine the position and angular orientation of the web (22).
10/30/14
20140318264

Vehicle test apparatus and vehicle test system


A vehicle test apparatus includes: a test article installation vehicle body to which four axles corresponding to four wheels that are a left front wheel, a right front wheel, a left rear wheel and a right rear wheel are attached, and on which a test article is installed; a first motion base that supports the test article installation vehicle body, and that allows the test article installation vehicle body to make motions of six degrees of freedom; and four second motion bases each of which supports a corresponding one of the axles, and each of which allows a corresponding one of the axles to make motions of six degrees of freedom.. .
10/30/14
20140318229

Vehicle test system


In a vehicle test system, a displacement degree computing unit computes degrees of six-degree-of-freedom displacements of each of second motion bases, which correspond to external forces of respective six degrees of freedom detected by a corresponding one of six-axis force sensors, on an assumption that each of the second motion bases has a virtual mechanical impedance. A mb second target value generator generates final position and posture target values for each of the second motion bases based on the position and posture target values for each of the second motion bases and the degrees of six-degree-freedom displacements of each of the second motion bases..
10/23/14
20140317453

Method and docking a test head with a peripheral


A method and apparatus for docking an electronic test head with a peripheral, which positions devices for testing. Exact-constraint alignment features, also sometimes known as kinematic features, are incorporated to provide repeatable positioning of the test head in three degrees of freedom with respect to the docking plane of the peripheral.
10/23/14
20140314467

5 degrees of freedom alignment-correcting preloaded bearing connection system


Exemplary embodiments provide a rotary misalignment-compensation bushing connection system that may be used in large-scale operations where several components are mounted in alignment on a single pin. For example, the misalignment-compensation system may be used in preloaded connection of a male lug rotatably mounted between a first lug and a second lug, on heavy equipment, for example, oil field exploration and production equipment.
10/23/14
20140313220

Constrained virtual camera control


A method is described that includes receiving, from a first device, input used to select a first object in a computer-generated environment. The first device has at least two degrees of freedom with which to control the selection of the first object.
10/23/14
20140312010

Plasma torch cutting device and process


A method of operating a plasma arc torch system includes placing a work piece to be cut on a table of the plasma arc torch system, wherein at least a portion of the work piece has a planer surface facing away from the table. A plasma arc torch is positioned adjacent the planer surface of the work piece using a positioning apparatus, wherein the positioning apparatus has at least five degrees of freedom about which it can move the plasma arc torch relative the work piece for cutting the work piece on the table.
10/23/14
20140311537

Umbrella having a pivot joint to provide additional degrees of freedom of orientation of its canopy


An umbrella having the crown of the canopy coupled to a support structure via a pivot joint that is structured and configured to allow swiveling and/or tilting of the canopy with ease by a user, in more than one plane or with more than one degree of freedom with respect to the support structure. The canopy frame includes a longitudinal central support hub, and the pivot joint is rotatable about a rotation axis, wherein the axis of the canopy support hub makes a fixed or variable non-zero angle with respect to the pivot joint rotation axis.
10/16/14
20140309803

System for estimating road slope


A system for estimating a road slope, includes a signal processor receiving a raw signal including information on acceleration and rotation velocity transmitted from a 6 degrees of freedom (6dof) inertial sensor, a vehicle motion estimator calculating overall angles of a vehicle based on the signals from the 6dof inertial sensor filtered by the signal processor and on vehicle measurement information transmitted from a vehicle sensor. The system further includes a vehicle suspension angle estimator calculating a vehicle suspension angle based on the signal from the 6dof inertial sensor and the vehicle measurement information and a road slope estimator determining a difference between the overall angles of the vehicle and the vehicle suspension angle so as to calculate a road slope..
10/16/14
20140305716

Miniature robot having multiple legs using piezo legs having two degrees of freedom


The present invention relates to a miniature robot using a plurality of piezo legs capable of deforming in two degrees of freedom by supplying input voltage signals, and an integrated artificial neural network behavior controller capable of modeling complex behavioral patterns and gait patterns by a simple structure. The miniature robot with multiple legs includes: a main body; a plurality of piezo legs constituted by bimorph piezoelectric elements and connected to the main body to generate motion through morphological deformation in two degrees of freedom by applied voltage signals, thereby resulting in movement on the ground; and a control part including an artificial neural network behavior controller, which controls motion patterns by feeding back information with respect to the environment transmitted from external sensors and to electrical signals transmitted when the piezo legs contact the surface of the ground, to control the voltage applied to each of the piezo legs..
10/09/14
20140303869

Sensor-based vehicle control methods


The novelty of this invention is that the vehicle's two degrees of freedom in motion is controlled by a single action of a driver. With this method, a driver can control a vehicle easily and intuitively.
10/09/14
20140303728

Ossicle prosthesis comprising a built-up attaching element


An ossicular prosthesis formed as a sound-conducting, elongated prosthesis body has a first coupling element designed as a tympanic membrane top plate or a clip or a connecting piece to an actuator end piece of an active hearing implant and a second coupling element provided with an access opening into a receiving space designed as a bell or a clip for a mechanical connection of the prosthesis to the head of the stapes. The second coupling element has a backing section on an inner surface of the receiving space as an axial extension of the prosthesis body.
10/09/14
20140303553

Positioning system for manipulating a channel within a medical device


Embodiments of the invention include a medical device for accessing a patient's body portion and used for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Embodiments of the invention may include a particular endoscopic positioning mechanism for placing an endoscope and an additional treatment device within desired body portions in order to assist in diagnosis and treatment of anatomical diseases and disorders.
10/09/14
20140302462

Motion simulation system controller and associated methods


A motion simulation system includes actuators having a planetary gearbox engaged with and driven by a servomotor engaged with a crank. A connector rod is engaged with the crank of each actuator, and engaged with a platform configured to attach to a vehicle.
10/09/14
20140300882

Arrangement for actuating an element in a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus


The invention relates to arrangements for actuating an element in a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus. In accordance with one aspect, an arrangement for actuating an element in a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus comprises a first number (nr) of degrees of freedom, wherein an adjustable force can be transmitted to the optical element in each of the-degrees of freedom, and a second number (na) of actuators, which are coupled to the optical element in each case via a mechanical coupling for the purpose of transmitting force to the optical element, wherein the second number (na) is greater than the first number (nr).
10/02/14
20140296876

Device for guiding a medical instrument inserted into a natural duct or an artifical duct of a patient


The invention relates to a device for guiding a medical instrument (2) inserted into a natural duel (101) or an artificial duct of a patient in order to bring at least a distal end (1) of the instrument in proximity to an internal organ (100), the device comprising an articulated arm (3) with a plurality of degrees of freedom, for moving a proximal end (4) of the instrument, and controlled blocking means (7) for blocking the degrees of freedom of the articulated arm. According to the invention, the blocking means are designed in such a way that, for at mast one of the degrees of freedom, a blockage imposed on said degree of freedom can be enforced when an outer stress exerted on the instrument (2) exceeds a predetermined threshold..
10/02/14
20140296750

Methods and rehabilitation and training


A method of rehabilitation using an actuator type that includes a movement mechanism capable of applying a force that interacts with a motion of a patient's limb in a volume of at least 30 cm in diameter, in at least three degrees of freedom of motion of the actuator and capable of preventing substantial motion in any point in any direction in said volume, in which a same movement mechanism is used at two different places of rehabilitation.. .
10/02/14
20140292719

Haptic device with controlled traction forces


A haptic device includes a substrate that is subjected to lateral motion such as lateral oscillation with one or more degrees of freedom together with modulation of a friction reducing oscillation in a manner that can create a shear force on the user's finger or on an object on the device.. .
10/02/14
20140290400

Four degrees of freedom motion apparatus


The present invention relates to a four degrees of freedom motion apparatus, and more particularly, to a four degrees of freedom motion apparatus capable of implementing three degrees of freedom (pitch, roll, heave) motions by three actuators positioned at a lower plate and a center plate, and between the lower plate and the center plate, and a spline, and additionally implementing an one degree of freedom (sway) motion by a connecting means provided between the center plate and an upper plate.. .
09/25/14
20140288702

Robot the removal of bolts from haulage truck wheels


The robotic system for the removal of bolts from haulage truck wheels is comprised mainly of an anthropomorphous robotic manipulator of at least 5 degrees of freedom (1), with a system for tightening and removal (2) which allows taking bolts from a drawer rack (3) located on a mobile equipment (4). The operator indicates the beginning of the operations as well as the key positions for the activity development.
09/18/14
20140277741

Robots and methods of controlling the same


A robot may include: a multi-tool module having redundancy, the multi-tool module including a guide tube and a plurality of tools configured to operate while interacting with the guide tube and extended from the guide tube; and/or a controller configured to generate a control signal regarding motion of the multi-tool module in a joint space based on motion instruction information regarding distal ends of the plurality of tools in a task space. The redundancy may reflect that a number of degrees of freedom of the multi-tool module in the joint space is greater than a number of degrees of freedom of the task space.
09/18/14
20140276954

Systems and methods for facilitating access to edges of cartesian-coordinate space using the null space


Devices, systems, and methods for providing increased range of movement of the end effector of a manipulator arm having a plurality of joints with redundant degrees of freedom. Methods include defining a position-based constraint within a joint space defined by the at least one joint, determining a movement of the joints along the constraint within a null-space and driving the joints according to a calculated movement to effect the commanded movement while providing an increased end effector range of movement, particularly as one or more joints approach a respective joint limit within the joint space..
09/18/14
20140276953

Systems and methods for tracking a path using the null-space


Devices, systems, and methods for providing a desired movement of one or more joints of a manipulator arm having a plurality of joints with redundant degrees of freedom while effecting commanded movement of a distal end effector of the manipulator. Methods include defining a constraint, such as a network of paths, within a joint space defined by the one or more joints and determining a movement of the plurality of joints within a null-space to track the constraints with the one or more joints.
09/18/14
20140276951

Software configurable manipulator degrees of freedom


Methods, apparatus, and systems for controlling a plurality of manipulator assemblies of a robotic system. In accordance with a method, a first plurality of sensor signals are received at a plurality of joint space interface elements from a plurality of connector input elements via a first mapping between the joint space interface elements and joints of the first manipulator assembly.
09/18/14
20140276674

System and ophthalmic laser surgery employing eye tracking without eye docking


A system and method for performing ophthalmic surgery using an ultra-short pulsed laser is provided. The system includes a laser engine configured to provide an ultra-short pulsed laser beam, optics configured to direct the laser beam to an undocked eye of a patient, an eye tracker configured to measure five degrees of freedom of movement of the undocked eye, an optical coherence tomography module configured to measure depth of the undocked eye, and a controller configured to control laser beam position on the undocked eye toward a desired laser pattern based on depth and the five degrees of freedom of movement of the undocked eye.


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