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04/07/16
20160098095 
 Deriving input from six degrees of freedom interfaces patent thumbnailDeriving input from six degrees of freedom interfaces
The present invention relates to interfaces and methods for producing input for software applications based on the absolute pose of an item manipulated or worn by a user in a three-dimensional environment. Absolute pose in the sense of the present invention means both the position and the orientation of the item as described in a stable frame defined in that three-dimensional environment.
Electronic Scripting Products, Inc.


04/07/16
20160097968 
 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.
Fl Archery Holdings Llc


04/07/16
20160097701 
 Tissue processing and slide staining apparatus with robotic arm having three degrees of freedom patent thumbnailTissue processing and slide staining apparatus with robotic arm having three degrees of freedom
The embodiments herein provide a tissue processing and slide staining equipment with a three degree freedom robotic arm that simultaneously performs tissue processing and slide staining for several sample baskets with similar or different processing methods. The equipment comprises two dimensional array of cylindrical containers with lids to hold sample baskets in position.

04/07/16
20160096276 
 Universal motion simulator patent thumbnailUniversal motion simulator
The present application provides a motion simulator apparatus and method of use. The motion simulator apparatus may include an anthropomorphic robot arm adapted to provide at least six degrees of freedom of movement, a user pod for receiving a user and being operatively connected to the anthropomorphic robot arm, and a haptic interface operatively associated with the user pod for providing haptic feedback to the user in correspondence with the movement of the user pod..
Deakin University


04/07/16
20160095607 
 Methods and devices for forming holes in bone to stimulate bone growth patent thumbnailMethods and devices for forming holes in bone to stimulate bone growth
Methods and devices are provided for forming holes in bone to stimulate bone growth. In one exemplary embodiment, a surgical instrument set can include a driver having a first mating element, and a bone pick have a second mating element configured to releas ably mate with the first mating element at any of a plurality of angular orientations.
Depuy Mitek, Llc


03/31/16
20160092504 
 Recognition of free-form gestures from orientation tracking of a handheld or wearable device patent thumbnailRecognition of free-form gestures from orientation tracking of a handheld or wearable device
A user performs a gesture with a hand-held or wearable device capable of sensing its own orientation. Orientation data, in the form of a sequence of rotation vectors, is collected throughout the duration of the gesture.
Intel Corporation


03/31/16
20160091862 
 Isochronous paraxial timepiece resonator patent thumbnailIsochronous paraxial timepiece resonator
A timepiece resonator including one weight connected by flexible strips to fixed attachment points of a fixed structure, this weight being subjected to a torque and/or a stress, and oscillating with at least two degrees of freedom in translation, and these flexible strips maintain the oscillations of this weight about a virtual pivot.. .
Eta Sa Manufacture Horlogere Suisse


03/31/16
20160091437 
 Wafer edge inspection with trajectory following edge profile patent thumbnailWafer edge inspection with trajectory following edge profile
This inspection system has an optical head, a support system, and a controller in electrical communication with the support system. The support system is configured to provide movement to the optical head with three degrees of freedom.
Kla-tencor Corporation


03/31/16
20160089615 
 Bokah blocks patent thumbnailBokah blocks
A toy assembly includes a flexible joint element and a construction member. The flexible joint element comprises two spherical components and a flexible string.

03/31/16
20160089187 
 Spinal connectors and related methods patent thumbnailSpinal connectors and related methods
In some embodiments, a connector can be configured to couple a first fixation element (e.g., a first rod) to a second fixation element (e.g., a second rod). One or both of the first and second fixation elements can be included with the connector, or one or both can be separately provided.
Depuy Synthes Products, Llc


03/24/16
20160084960 

System and tracking objects with projected m-sequences


According to embodiments of the present invention are a system and method that use projected structured patterns of light and linear optical sensors for motion tracking. Sensors are capable of recovering two-dimensional location within the projection area, while several sensors can be combined for up to six degrees of freedom tracking.
The Walt Disney Company


03/17/16
20160079991 

Phase-locked loop with multiple degrees of freedom and its design and fabrication method


A design method for a phase-locked loop comprises: a controlled-frequency oscillator; a phase comparator, to determine a phase difference between an output signal of the controlled-frequency oscillator and a reference signal; a corrector to receive as input a signal representative of the phase difference and to generate at its output a first correction signal; at least one second corrector, to receive as input a signal representative of or affected by a phase noise of the reference signal or of the output signal of the controlled-frequency oscillator and to generate at its output a second correction signal; and a circuit for generating a slaving signal for the controlled-frequency oscillator on the basis of the first and second correction signals; the method using the h-infinity method. Method for fabricating such a loop comprising a design step implementing this method.
Commissariat A L'energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives


03/17/16
20160077589 

Multidimension vibrating mouse


Mouse capable of communicating with a software application of a computer, comprising a baseplate (2) and a housing (3) linked to one another by a link element (6) allowing the housing (3) to be inclined relative to the baseplate (2), such that the mouse is provided with at least four degrees of freedom, characterized in that the mouse comprises at least one vibration device.. .
E-concept


03/17/16
20160076359 

Bipartite sensor array


A bipartite sensor array comprising two portions capable of assembly into a single sensory system. A first portion includes rigid bodies connected by elongate flexures and fitted with gravimetric tilt sensors.
059312 N.b. Inc.


03/17/16
20160075926 

Heat storage material


The heat storage material of the present invention is a heat storage material comprising a substance that induces an electronic phase transition, wherein the electronic phase transition is a phase transition of multiple degrees (associated) with freedom including a spin degree of freedom and an orbital degree of freedom, which are internal degrees of freedom of electrons, and the substance is v(1-x)crxo2 (0<x≦0.23).. .
Riken


03/17/16
20160074028 

Articulating surgical instruments and deploying the same


A surgical instrument comprises a steering mechanism. The steering mechanism comprises a handle at a proximal end of the surgical instrument.
Medrobotics Corporation


03/17/16
20160073962 

Systems, devices, and methods for tracking and compensating for patient motion during a medical imaging scan


A motion compensation system for tracking and compensating for patient motion during a medical imaging scan comprises an optical marker comprising an optically visible pattern and a mounting portion; a first optical detector positioned to digitally image the optically visible pattern along a first line of sight; a second optical detector positioned to digitally image the optically visible pattern along a second line of sight; a tracking engine configured to determine a pose of the object in six degrees of freedom by analyzing images from the first and second optical detectors; and a controller interface configured to generate tracking information based on the pose and to electronically transmit the tracking information to a scanner controller to enable compensation within a medical imaging scanner for object motion.. .
Kineticor, Inc.


03/10/16
20160068793 

Manufacturing within a single-use container


A manufacturing assembly has at least a sterilizable chamber containing at least one of a three-dimensional printing device (additive manufacturing), a computer numerical controlled (cnc) finishing head (subtractive manufacturing), a vacuum-forming unit, an injection-molding unit, a laser-cutting unit, a ultrasonic-welding unit, a robotic arman analysis device, a sampling device or a combination thereof. A plurality of individual sterilizable chambers may be aseptically connected into a network of sterilizable chambers that provides additional functionality for the manufacturing assembly.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech Gmbh


03/10/16
20160067880 

Table saw riving knife mounting arrangement


A riving knife mounting assembly is provided that rigidly and accurately positions the riving knife relative to the cutting blade by way of a simple and intuitive mechanism. Interaction between a clamping plate and a locking plate engage opposite sides of the riving knife to hold the riving knife in place, and provides a sensible indication that the two components are properly mated.
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation


03/03/16
20160065940 

Multiple imager camera


A multiple imager camera includes a block, an imager, and an alignment apparatus. The block is configured to direct an image to a plurality of imagers located proximate to a plurality of apertures defined by the block.
Delphi Technologies, Inc.


03/03/16
20160059412 

Robotic manipulation methods and systems for executing a domain-specific application in an instrumented environment with electronic minimanipulation libraries


Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to the technical features relating to the ability of being able to create complex robotic humanoid movements, actions, and interactions with tools and the instrumented environment by automatically building movements for the humanoid; actions and behaviors of the humanoid based on a set of computer-encoded robotic movement and action primitives. The primitives are defined by motions/actions of articulated degrees of freedom that range in complexity from simple to complex, and which can be combined in any form in serial/parallel fashion.

03/03/16
20160058570 

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.
Spine Wave, Inc.


03/03/16
20160058516 

Surgical devices with intracorporeal elbow joint


Surgical devices are disclosed herein that generally include an intracorporeal elbow joint to facilitate translational movement of an end effector while allowing a body portion of the surgical device and a trocar or working channel through which the device is inserted to be maintained in a fixed angular orientation relative to the patient. This allows a plurality of such devices to be used effectively with a single incision or access device.
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.


03/03/16
20160057980 

Net reeling drum apparatus


A net reeling drum apparatus has a base support frame; a rotating arm assembly rotatably connected to the base support frame defining a first axis of rotation; a rotating arm motor attached to the base support frame and mechanically connected to the rotating arm assembly for rotating the rotating arm assembly around the first axis of rotation; a drum member rotatably connected to the rotating arm assembly defining a second axis of rotation; a drum motor mechanically connected to the drum member for rotating the drum member around the axis of rotation, such that when reeling in a net line connected to a net around the drum member, the net reeling drum apparatus includes two degrees of freedom of motion that increases the ease and efficiency of reeling in the net line around the drum member.. .

02/25/16
20160054661 

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).
Carl Zeiss Smt Gmbh


02/25/16
20160054260 

Method and apparatus analyzing a target material


Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, an apparatus including a material having one or more atomic layers with two or less degrees of freedom for motion of charges in the material, and a gate coupled to the material for controlling charge concentration of the material. The material can have constricted sides, a first through-hole, and a first port and a second port for conduction of charges in the material.
The Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Illinoi S


02/25/16
20160053578 

Shear valve system and methodology


A technique facilitates control of fluid flows in a wide variety of applications and environments, including downhole well environments. The technique utilizes a valve system which may include a shear seal valve for controlling fluid flows.
Schlumberger Technology Corporation


02/25/16
20160052561 

Vehicle body structure


A vehicle body structure is provided that is capable of increasing the degrees of freedom of applicable vehicle type, and that is capable of suppressing a cabin from deforming in a frontal collision by improving load transmission performance. A dash cross member is installed running along a vehicle width direction at a lower section of a dash panel.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


02/25/16
20160052043 

Compensating device for a tool unit and fitting method by means of the tool unit


A compensating device for a tool for fitting an element into a hole of a workpiece, the tool mounted axially on a housing by the compensating device, the compensating device having a clamping arrangement arranged between the tool and the housing and including at least two controllable clamping units. The clamping units are operable in an initial state to secure the tool rigidly to the housing, and in a compensating state to set different degrees of freedom defining possibilities of movement of the tool, and the compensating device also includes a control unit which is designed to activate the clamping units..
Newfrey Llc


02/25/16
20160051878 

Training device for ball throwing


A training device is provided for teaching a desired overhand ball throwing technique. The device includes a guide track, a ball, and a ball mount that attaches the ball to the guide track.

02/18/16
20160047433 

Magnetically damped isolator and pointing mount


A magnetically damped mounting and isolation system with pointing capability. A payload is mounted to an isolator plate, a base plate is mounted to a satellite or other space vehicle, and the isolation system provides damping of all six degrees of freedom of isolator plate motion relative to the base plate.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation


02/11/16
20160043701 

Sub-network enhanced reflectionless filter topology


Reflectionless low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-stop, all-pass, and all-stop filters, as well as a method for designing such filters is disclosed, along with a method of enhancing the performance of such filters through the use of sub-networks to further modify and improve the frequency response. These filters preferably function by absorbing the stop-band portion of the spectrum rather than reflecting it back to the source, which has significant advantages in many different applications.
Associated Universities, Inc.


02/11/16
20160041359 

Alignment device and transmitter/receiver system with two angular degrees of freedom


An alignment device, having two angular degrees of freedom is provided. The alignment device is adjustable such that it is suitable for aligning a first apparatus with respect to a second apparatus.
Servomex Group Limited


02/11/16
20160040803 

Line guide made of multi-axially angle-adjustable links


The invention relates to a cable guide (1) comprising links (2) that are each angle-adjustable multi-axially relative to each other and connected to each other in articulated fashion, where each link (2) displays an inner part (3) with corresponding, multi-axially angle-adjustable, articulated connectors (5, 6) and a casing part (4) for peripheral delimitation of at least one guiding duct (7), and the casing part (4) encompasses at least one segment (10), which is connected to the inner part (3) by a web (20), in a manner permitting it to be pivoted open for accessing the associated guiding duct (7) on the peripheral side. To facilitate the insertion and removal of lines, and to increase their protection, it is proposed that the casing parts (4) of adjacent links (2) overlap in the longitudinal direction (l), and that a joint arrangement (30) having at least two degrees of freedom be provided between the at least one segment (10) and the web (20), by means of which the segment (10) is mounted in such a way that it can move outwards transversely to the longitudinal direction (l) while being pivoted open..
Igus Gmbh


02/11/16
20160039550 

Apparatus and grouping and positioning items


An apparatus displaces and positions items in a predetermined configuration. The apparatus includes a grouping station, a grouping manipulator using at least two degrees of freedom and having a prehension end-effector and a placing manipulator using at least four degrees of freedom and having a prehension end-effector.
Premier Tech Technologies Ltee


02/11/16
20160039093 

Low-impedance articulated device and assisting a manual assembly task


A system for assisting an operator in a manual assembly task includes a base assembly, end-effector, and controller. The base assembly has joint actuators providing three or more degrees of freedom (dof).
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


02/11/16
20160038780 

Dynamic pendula stool


Disclosed herein is a dynamic pendula stool possessing a foot, a leg secured to the foot, and a seat secured to the top end of the leg. The leg has a telescopic column that includes a lower part secured to a spherical foot with a diameter of 20-cm or less and an upper part with a free end having an articulation.

02/04/16
20160033739 

Miniature camera zoom actuator


Some embodiments include a fixed chassis structure and a moveable carriage body carrying one or more lenses. The carriage body is movably mounted to the chassis structure so as to limit a plurality of degrees of freedom of movement of the moveable carriage body but to allow movement along an optical axis through the one or more lenses.

02/04/16
20160031158 

Three-dimensional printing device


A three-dimensional printing device includes a base, a holder disposed above the base, a printing head fixed on the holder and including a nozzle configured to discharge a resin material, a stage disposed in the base below the printing head configured to hold the resin material discharged from the nozzle, and a stage moving mechanism configured to move the stage with five or more degrees of freedom.. .
Roland Dg Corporation


01/28/16
20160027422 

Acoustic-electric stringed instrument with improved body, electric pickup placement, pickup switching and electronic circuit


An electric-acoustic stringed instrument has a removable, adjustable and acoustic artwork top with a decorative bridge and tailpiece; a mounting system for electric string vibration pickups that allows five degrees of freedom in placement and orientation of each pickup anyplace between the neck and bridge; a pickup switching system that provides k*(k−1)/2 series-connected and k*(k−1)/2 parallel-connected humbucking circuits for k matched single-coil pickups; and an on-board preamplifier and distortion circuit, running for over 100 hours on two aa cells, that provides control over second- and third-harmonic distortion. The switched pickups, and up to m=12 switched tone capacitors provide up to m*k*(k−1) tonal options, plus a linear combination of linear, near second-harmonic and near-third harmonic signals, preamp settings, and possible additional vibration sensors in or on the acoustic top..

01/28/16
20160024781 

Robotically controlled architectural elements


A robotic mount is configured to move an architectural element such as a floor, ceiling, wall or portion thereof, such as a panel, or plumbing, hvac, or electrical elements. The robotic mount is movable in six degrees of freedom, whereby the associated architectural element is moveable in a three-dimensional space.

01/28/16
20160023755 

System and control of quadrotor air vehicles with tiltable rotors


A system and method of controlling quadrotor air vehicles (qrav) that may include an additional two degrees of freedom for each of the four propellers of the qrav. Each of the four rotors may be allowed to rotate (tilt) around two local axes selected from the x-axis (roll), y-axis (pitch), and z-axis (yaw).
King Fahd University Of Petroleum And Minerals


01/28/16
20160023352 

Surrogate: a body-dexterous mobile manipulation robot with a tracked base


Robotics platforms in accordance with various embodiments of the invention can be utilized to implement highly dexterous robots capable of whole body motion. Robotics platforms in accordance with one embodiment of the invention include: a memory containing a whole body motion application; a spine, where the spine has seven degrees of freedom and comprises a spine actuator and three spine elbow joints that each include two spine joint actuators; at least one limb, where the at least one limb comprises a limb actuator and three limb elbow joints that each include two limb joint actuators; a tracked base; a connecting structure that connects the at least one limb to the spine; a second connecting structure that connects the spine to the tracked base; wherein the processor is configured by the whole body motion application to move the at least one limb and the spine to perform whole body motion..
California Institute Of Technology


01/28/16
20160023348 

Gimbal assembly for tool support


A supporting and orienting apparatus for balancing tools. An inner gimbal portion holds and balances a tool and is rotationally disposed within an outer gimbal portion.

01/28/16
20160022373 

Optical force transducer


Force transducer (10) include two structural members (11, 12) spaced apart to define a gap (101) and being linked to each other. Optical fibres (13) are to the members and are freely suspended in the gap.
Universite De Mons


01/28/16
20160022365 

Crossed-cylinder wrist mechanism with two degrees of freedom


According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member.
Brigham Young University


01/21/16
20160015925 

Facial interface and headgear system for use with ventilation and positive air pressure systems


The present disclosure relates to a mask assembly system that has an adjustable headgear system with adjustable sidepiece for conforming to a user's face. Additionally, the mask assembly allows for detachable nasal pillows to be rotated about multiple degrees of freedom..
Human Design Medical, Llc


01/21/16
20160015921 

Adjustable positive airway pressure or ventilation system


The present disclosure relates to a comfortable and adjustable nasal pillow configured to be part of a nasal pillow system that is part of a mask system used with a ventilation or pap device. The nasal pillows are configured to have multiple degrees of freedom of rotation..
Human Design Medical, Llc


01/07/16
20160005331 

Modular robot system


A modular robot for use as an educational robot system having multiple degrees of freedom and mounting features that allow multiple modules to be assembled with accessories to form a multitude of configurations. Each module is independently mobile and useful when alone or assembled with other modules.
Barobo, Inc.


01/07/16
20160005228 

Method of converting 2d video to 3d video using 3d object models


Method for converting 2d video to 3d video using 3d object models. Embodiments of the invention obtain a 3d object model for one or more objects in a 2d video scene, such as a character.
Legend3d, Inc.


01/07/16
20160003407 

Suspension and guidance tool relative to a mill


An apparatus for suspending and guiding at least first and second linerbolt removal tools externally of a grinding mill. The first linerbolt removal tool is associated with a first carriage assembly and used for knocking out linerbolts on a cylindrical main body portion of the mill.
Russell Mineral Equipment Pty Ltd


01/07/16
20160001469 

Apparatus and producing a biocompatible three-dimensional object


An apparatus for making a biocompatible three-dimensional object including at least one delivery unit arranged to deliver at least one biocompatible fluid substance towards a 3d mold having a matrix surface to obtain a coating layer of a predetermined thickness configured for coating the matrix surface. The three-dimensional object may be a heart valve.
S.m. Scienzia Machinale S.r.l.


01/07/16
20160001443 

Suspended flying rig system


A suspended flying rig system includes a plurality of cables attached to a load support releasably securing a load. In response to retraction and/or deployment of at least one of the plurality of cables, motion is provided generally within a three-dimensional working space to the load support.
Tait Towers Manufacturing, Llc


01/07/16
20160001190 

Suspended flying rig system


A suspended flying rig system includes a plurality of cables attached to a load support releasably securing a load. In response to retraction and/or deployment of at least one of the plurality of cables, motion is provided generally within a three-dimensional working space to the load support.
Tait Towers Manufacturing, Llc


01/07/16
20160000575 

Spinal implant and methods of manufacture thereof


Disclosed herein is an invertebral disc prosthesis comprising a first cantilever arm; the first cantilever arm comprising a shaft that is affixed to a disc; a second cantilever arm that comprises a plurality of rods that contact the disc; the plurality of rods being equidistant from a central axis of the shaft; and a third cantilever arm that comprises a platform to which are attached a plurality of rings; the rings being concentrically disposed about the shaft; the rings being in operative communication with each other; where the plurality of rods contacts the platform; and where the second cantilever arm has more degrees of freedom than the first cantilever arm, while the third cantilever arm has a number of degrees of freedom that are greater than or equal to the number of degrees of the second cantilever arm.. .
University Of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.


01/07/16
20160000474 

Transconnector for coupling first and second spinal fixation elements


Transconnector devices and methods of use are provided. A transconnector device has the capability of connecting to elongate spinal fixation elements having various cross-sectional dimensions.
Spinecraft, Llc


12/31/15
20150379714 

Method for measuring three orientational degrees of freedom of a cube-corner retroreflector


A method for determining three orientational degrees of freedom of a cube-corner retroreflector by obtaining with a photosensitive array an image of a three straight marks on the retroreflector and, with a programmable control device, taking a two-dimensional transform of the image and determining the three orientational degrees of freedom.. .
Faro Technologies, Inc.


12/24/15
20150371440 

Zero-baseline 3d map initialization


A computer-implemented method, apparatus, computer readable medium and mobile device for initializing a 3-dimensional (3d) map may include obtaining, from a camera, a single image of an urban outdoor scene and estimating an initial pose of the camera. An untextured model of a geographic region may be obtained.
Qualcomm Incorporated


12/24/15
20150367930 

Automated system for joining portions of a chassis and method thereof


An automated system for joining at least two portions of a chassis includes an actuation device (3) adapted to move at least one portion in the space “xyz” with three degrees of freedom. A central control unit (5) controls each actuation device (3) as a function of data obtained through sensors (7).
Alenia Aermacchi S.p.a.


12/24/15
20150367542 

Apparatus and producing a biocompatible three-dimensional object


An apparatus for making a biocompatible three-dimensional object including at least one delivery unit arranged to deliver at least one biocompatible fluid substance towards a support body having a matrix surface to obtain a coating layer of a predetermined thickness configured for coating the matrix surface. Furthermore, a handling unit is provided arranged to provide a relative movement according to at least 3 degrees of freedom between the support body and each delivery unit.
S.m. Scienzia Machinale S.r.l.


12/24/15
20150367516 

Robot alignment systems and methods of aligning a robot


Presently disclosed robotic alignment systems and methods may allow for alignment of a platform of a robot with respect to an access port of a part, such as a wing of an aircraft. A robot positioned under the wing may include a base and an upper platform coupled together by a plurality of legs.
The Boeing Company


12/24/15
20150367515 

Equipment for taking a bent pipe


Equipment for taking a bent pipe provided with a mechanical arm, preferably featuring three degrees of freedom, operated by first means controlled by at least one preferably programmable first electronic device, and equipped with at least one container located at an end of the arm, means facilitating the unloading of the bent pipe into the container, and means to close it and to unload the bent pipe. .
Crippa S.p.a.


12/24/15
20150366626 

Surgical mimicked motion


The present invention generally provides methods and devices for controlling movement of an end effector, and in particular for causing mimicked motion between an input tool and an end effector during a surgical procedure. In an exemplary embodiment, a surgical system is provided having a master assembly with an input tool and a slave assembly with an end effector.
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.


12/17/15
20150363001 

Techniques for using gesture recognition to effectuate character selection


This disclosure provides a pose- or gesture-based recognition system that processes images of the human hand, downconverts degrees of freedom of the human hand to lower-dimensional space, and then maps the downconverted space to a character set. In one embodiment, the system is implemented in a smart phone or as a computer-input device that uses a virtual keyboard.

12/17/15
20150359697 

Wrist and forearm exoskeleton


An exoskeleton device and method of using the same is provided that helps rehabilitate limbs such has the lower arm. Embodiments of the exoskeleton device have multiple degrees of freedom so that a limb such as the lower arm may flex or rotate in multiple directions to establish or re-establish neural connections in the brain.

12/10/15
20150355452 

Adjustable drive mechanism


An adjustable drive mechanism, which may be used to control the elevation angle of a telescope or antenna, is disclosed. The adjustable drive mechanism can include a base plate configured to couple with a support structure and having a first spherical portion facing away from the support structure.
Raytheon Company


12/10/15
20150351857 

An generating motion around a remote centre of motion


Apparatus (10) for generating motion around a remote center of motion (rcm), comprising a distal link (l12, lr) arranged to revolve about the remote center of motion and to translate through the remote center of motion, a proximal link (l10, li) arranged to revolve about a proximal center of motion (lcm), coupled to a base link, through a rotational joint (150) and a sliding joint (181), a first mechanism comprising a first link (l9, be) pivotally coupled to the proximal link (l10) and to the distal link (l12) and operable to transfer motion of the proximal link relative to the proximal center of motion to a motion of the distal link relative to the remote center of motion by maintaining a parallelogram (par1), and a second mechanism operable to move the first link with two degrees of freedom in a plane parallel to the plane of motion of the proximal link, characterised in that the second mechanism comprises one link or a serial connection of links (l4, l8, l3, l7, l2, l6) connecting the base link to the first link, configured to have an orientation of instant motion which is different from an orientation of instant motion of the proximal link (l10), relative to the base link.. .
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


12/03/15
20150350499 

Comb drive and leaf spring camera actuator


An actuator package includes a base frame member and an image sensor. The actuator package further includes a plurality of comb drive actuators affixed to the base frame member by a plurality of respective electrically conductive leaf spring flexures.
Apple Inc.


12/03/15
20150346822 

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.. .
Northwestern University


12/03/15
20150346345 

Global navigation systems antenna


A phased array antenna that can be utilized in one or multiple global navigation satellite systems. This type of gnss phased array antenna is often referred to as a crpa.
Ohio University


12/03/15
20150345937 

Test body for determining rotation errors of a rotating apparatus


A test body is provided for determining one or more rotation errors of a rotating apparatus with respect to one or more degrees of freedom of movement, in which a real rotating movement of the rotating apparatus differs from an ideal rotating movement. The test body includes a holder which, together with a part of the rotating apparatus, can be rotated about an axis of rotation.
Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik Gmbh


12/03/15
20150342656 

Fracture reduction structure


Technologies are generally provided for an attachment device to achieve pelvic fracture reduction and stabilization. An example attachment device may include two or more screws coupled together in succession to generate a reduction force when inserted through bony tissue.
Empire Technology Development Llc


11/26/15
20150336266 

Pure translational serial manipulator robot having three degrees of freedom with a reduced space requirement


A serial carrier having at least three degrees of freedom, comprising three rotoid connections, two of which have orthogonal axes (x1, x2), one among the first, second and third connections enabling the carrier to be hinged to a frame, and comprising an effector (8), said carrier comprising two passive devices (4, 6) with a parallelogram deformable in the plane which are connected on the one hand to the frame and on the other hand to the effector (8), and a first and a second passive transmitting devices (d1, d2) each formed by a double u-joint, the first double u-joint (d1) being connected to the frame and the second double u-joint being connected to the effector, both double u-joints being connected between them. The deformable parallelogram devices (4, 6) and the transmitting devices (d1, d2) can restrict the movement of the effector (8) to the only three translational degrees of freedom..
Commissariat à L'ènergie Atomique Et Aux ènergies Alternatives


11/19/15
20150331326 

Wynne-dyson projection lens with reduced susceptibility to uv damage


A wynne-dyson projection lens for use in an ultraviolet optical lithography system is disclosed, wherein the projection lens is configured to have reduced susceptibility to damage from ultraviolet radiation. The projection lens utilizes lens elements that are made of optical glasses that are resistant to damage from ultraviolet radiation, but that also provide sufficient degrees of freedom to correct aberrations.
Ultratech, Inc.


11/19/15
20150330558 

Integrated portable stand, power supply, and control panel


A portable stand includes a supporting frame, wherein the supporting frame has a base assembly operatively connected to at least one extendible leg for movement about a pivotal axis. The base assembly includes a base plate adapted for attachment to an interior of a case.
Air Systems, Inc. Dba Air Systems International, Inc.


11/19/15
20150330533 

Suspension system especially for underwater cable


A suspension system receives an associated cable. The suspension system includes first and second mount arms disposed in spaced relation that receive a collar assembly having first and second collar members dimensioned to circumferentially enclose around the associated cable in a first assembled position, and a second open position, where the first and second collar members do not circumferentially enclose the associated cable.
Pmi Industries, Inc.


11/19/15
20150328476 

Immersive, flux-guided, micro-coil apparatus and method


A pemf web using immersive, flux-guided, micro-coils to direct intense, deeply penetrating, magnetic flux into a subject from each micro-coil capable of pointing in an arbitrary direction. Micro-coils are spooled around iron cores, insulated properly, and soldered to connecting wires, all embedded in a polymeric resin, such as cold-cured silicone resin.
Pulse, Llc


11/19/15
20150328014 

Expandable interbody fusion device


An expandable interbody fusion device includes superior and inferior endplates that are configured to receive a sequentially inserted stack of interlocking expansion members or wafers. The like-configured wafers include features on their top and bottom surfaces that interlock the wafers in multiple degrees of freedom so that the wafer stack is not disrupted when the fusion device is fully expanded.
Spine Wave, Inc.


11/19/15
20150327942 

Rod contouring alignment linkage


Pedicle screws are designed to provide polyaxial coupling to pedicles of a vertebra. Intermediate pieces are attached to the pedicles screws and receive extender shafts.
Stryker European Holdings I, Llc


11/12/15
20150326150 

Maglev workpiece table with six degrees of freedom


A maglev working table with six degrees of freedom comprises a pedestal (800), a rotation drive apparatus, a planar-motion apparatus, an angle measuring apparatus (500), and a displacement measuring apparatus. The displacement measuring apparatus comprises four direct-current motors (600) and four displacement measuring apparatus psd assemblies.
Tsinghua University


11/12/15
20150323798 

Smart helmet


A smart helmet including a projection surface, a projection unit, a processing unit, and a first pivoting unit is provided. The projection unit projects an image light into the projection surface according to a projection data.
Coretronic Corporation


11/12/15
20150321355 

Operation support system and control operation support system


An operation support system performing treatment on a target tissue while observing using an image capturing unit, using a treatment unit installed at a distal end side of a manipulator, a distal end seen from a fixing end of the manipulator, includes: the manipulator having joints corresponding to degrees of freedom and including at least two redundant joints having a redundant relationship among the joints; an operating unit configured to provide operating information corresponding to the degrees of freedom; a positional relationship calculation unit calculating a switching positional relationship between the target tissue or the treatment unit and the image capturing unit; and a control unit controlling an operation of the joint according to the operating information. The control unit controls the manipulator using one redundant joint as a driving joint and the other redundant joints as a fixing joint based on the switching positional relationship..
Olympus Corporation


11/12/15
20150321342 

Energy recovering legged robotic device


A legged robotic device is disclosed. The legged robotic device can include a plurality of support members coupled together for relative movement defining a plurality of degrees of freedom, which can correspond to degrees of freedom of a human leg.
Sarcos Lc


11/12/15
20150321340 

Legged robotic device utilizing modifiable linkage mechanism


A legged robotic device is disclosed. The legged robotic device can include a mechanism formed at least in part by a plurality of support members coupled together for relative movement defining a plurality of degrees of freedom, at least some of the plurality of degrees of freedom corresponding to degrees of freedom of a human leg.
Sarcos Lc


11/12/15
20150320298 

Holder for a transesophageal echocardiography probe


A device includes a first retainer plate, a second retainer plate, a connector link, and a clamp. The second retainer plate has a clearance aperture.

11/05/15
20150316837 

Hand-held articulating arm camera mount


The present disclosure provides a hand-held camera mount for mounting an imaging device. In one embodiment, a hand-held imaging device mount comprises a handle configured to be held by a user; a base connected to the handle; an arm movably secured to the base such that the arm can be rotated relative to the handle and secured in place; and a mount head movably secured to the arm such that the mount head can be moved relative to the arm and secured in place, the mount head configured to mount an imaging device, wherein the imaging device mount permits an imaging device mounted to the mount head to be adjusted with multiple degrees of freedom relative to the handle..

11/05/15
20150313679 

Medical robot arm apparatus, medical robot arm control system, medical robot arm control method, and program


Provided is a surgical imaging apparatus that includes a multi-link, multi joint structure including a plurality of joints that interconnect a plurality of links to provide the multi-link, multi joint structure with a plurality of degrees of freedom, at least one video camera being disposed on a distal end of the multi-link, multi-joint structure; at least one actuator that drives at least one of the plurality of joints; and circuitry that detects a joint force experienced at the at least one of the plurality of joints in response to an applied external force, and controls the at least one actuator based on the joint force so as to position the video camera.. .
Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc.


11/05/15
20150313676 

Wristed surgical instrument capable of multiple functions, without requiring extra inputs


The present invention is generally related to the art of surgical instruments for use in minimally invasive surgery and more specifically to robotic laparoscopic surgery. According to one aspect of the invention, this articulated instrument is capable of producing a wrist-like motion, i.e.

11/05/15
20150313503 

Electromagnetic sensor integration with ultrathin scanning fiber endoscope


Methods and systems for imaging internal tissues within a body are provided. In one aspect, a method for imaging an internal tissue of a body is provided.
University Of Washington Through Its Center For Commercialization


10/29/15
20150312686 

Signal conducting coupling


A device including a prosthesis including an external component configured to output a signal in response to an external stimulus and a skin penetrating component configured to communicatively transfer the signal at least partially beneath skin of the recipient, wherein the device is configured such that the skin penetrating component can move in a plurality of degrees of freedom relative to the external component while retained to the external component.. .
Cochlear Limited


10/29/15
20150310883 

Vibration 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


10/29/15
20150308921 

Simulator


A movement simulator [100] has at least three translational degrees of freedom and has at least three actuator assemblies [106, 108, 110] each of which having a four bar parallelogram/trapezoidal link arrangement. A stiffener [214] is also disclosed..
Moog Bv


10/29/15
20150308088 

Faucet with articulating arm


A faucet includes a sprayhead removably supported by a positioning arm. The positioning arm is articulated to provide multiple degrees of freedom..
Delta Faucet Company


10/22/15
20150302297 

Magnetic resonance fingerprinting (mrf) serial artificial neural network (ann) sequence design


Example apparatus and methods employ an artificial neural network (ann) to automatically design magnetic resonance (mr) pulse sequences. The ann is trained using transverse magnetization signal evolutions having arbitrary initial magnetizations.
Case Western Reserve University


10/22/15
20150301554 

Reconfigurable optical processing system


An optical processing system comprises an optical input; one or more spatial light modulator arrays; and a detector array; wherein at least of said spatial light modulator arrays incorporates a plurality of data elements focusing elements; said data elements and/or said focussing elements having multiple degrees of freedom.. .
Optalysys Ltd.


10/15/15
20150294510 

Method for determining contact position parameters of a joint connecting two bones


A data processing method for determining six parameters, corresponding to six degrees of freedom, of a contact position of a joint which connects two bones, comprising the steps of acquiring a 3d model of each bone, acquiring four of the six parameters as given parameters, selecting initial values for the two remaining parameters and varying the two remaining parameters virtually in order to achieve a virtual relative position between the two 3d models such that they are in contact with each other.. .

10/15/15
20150292576 

Dry friction clutch with dampening system


A pneumatic dry friction clutch with a cone-shaped friction backing member and an intermediate member interlinked together with mating protrusions and recesses. The axial and circumferential degrees of freedom minimize or reduce noise and vibrations of the clutch, particularly any resonance.

10/15/15
20150291361 

Belt attachment and system


Disclosed herein is a belt assembly including a flexible belt with an improved belt attachment. The belt attachment includes two crossbars spaced along the length of the belt.

10/15/15
20150291178 

Apparatus and estimating vehicle velocity


An apparatus and a method for estimating a vehicle velocity are provided. The apparatus includes an inertia sensor that is configured to measure six degrees of freedom of a vehicle and a vehicle interior sensor that is configured to measure vehicle information.

10/08/15
20150288947 

Position and location detection of objects


A method for position and location determination of objects, particularly uncooperative objects. A 3d sensor delivers data of the target object, which are compared with target object data stored in a model database and are used both for an initial position and location estimation and for a subsequent more accurate position and location estimation of the target object.

10/08/15
20150284078 

Propeller/rotor control apparatus and method


An apparatus for controlling a rotor of a rotary wing aircraft, including a stationary frame, a rotary propulsion shaft extending through the frame, the propulsion shaft having a first shaft portion and a second shaft portion coupled to the first shaft portion at a joint, the first shaft portion being configured to be coupled to a drive unit and the second shaft portion being pivotable relative to a centerline of the first shaft portion in two degrees of freedom about the joint, and at least one actuator coupled to the stationary frame at one end and connected to the second shaft portion at the other end so that the second shaft portion rotates relative to the at least one actuator, the at least one actuator being configured to pivot the second shaft portion in the two degrees of freedom.. .

10/08/15
20150284077 

Modular rotor craft rotor hub system


A rotor arm assembly for use in a rotor craft rotor hub system includes a pitch shaft and a plurality of discrete bearings coupled to the pitch shaft. The plurality of bearings are elastomeric bearings configured to facilitate movement of the rotor arm assembly about a plurality of degrees of freedom.



Degrees Of Freedom topics: Degrees Of Freedom, Virtual Reality, Tracking System, Laser Welding, Input Device, Input Devices, Conductive Elements, Transducer, Video Game, Navigation, Distributed, Cartesian Coordinates, Coordinates, Instruments, Surgical Instrument

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