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| Surgical adaptor and method|
A surgical adaptor comprises a first member is attachable to a first surgical instrument having a projection that defines an axis. A second member is attachable to a second surgical instrument such that the second surgical instrument is movable in at least two degrees of freedom relative to the axis.
Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
| Tool for multi-positioning and holding a device|
A tool for multi-positioning and holding a device without requiring a user's hands. In one embodiment, a tool, such as a robotic arm, is secured to a user's forearm, such as with a pair of hook-and-loop fasteners attached to the robotic arm that wrap around the arm and then are fastened to each other.
|Medical systems comprising tool members|
Described herein are various method of using a direct drive system to perform procedures at a distance. One exemplary method include tying a knot or suturing at a distance with a first and second end effector.
Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
|Apparatus and measuring six degrees of freedom|
A dimensional measuring device sends a beam of light to a remote probe having a retroreflector and a pitch/yaw sensor. The pitch/yaw sensor passes the light through an aperture and a lens to a position sensor that generates an electrical signal indicative of the position of the received light.
Faro Technologies, Inc.
|Method for controlling an automated work cell|
The invention relates to a method for controlling an automated work cell (2) including at least one robot arm (4) with at least three degrees of freedom (a1-a6), a programmable logic controller (6) suitable for developing a trajectory order (om) based on an instruction to perform a trajectory of an application programmed in the programmable logic controller, a robot controller (10), suitable for steering the movement of the robot arm (4), and a communication bus (5) between the programmable logic controller (6) and the robot controller (10). The method comprises steps consisting of a) developing, in the programmable logic controller (6), a trajectory order (om) including parameters for executing a trajectory defined at least between a departure point and an arrival point; b) transmitting the trajectory order (om) developed in step a) to a computing unit (11) of the robot (10); c) developing, in the computing unit (11) of the robot controller (10) and based on the trajectory order (om) transmitted in step b), elementary movement instructions for steering the robot arm (4) on the trajectory defined by the trajectory order (om)..
|Optimized plate fin heat exchanger for improved compliance to improve thermal life|
A heat exchanger includes a hot passage; a cold passage adjacent the hot passage; a pair of tube sheets, with one tube sheet on each opposing side of one of the hot passage and the cold passage; a fin in one of the hot passage and the cold passage; wherein the fin includes a first distal portion, a second distal portion, and an intermediate portion between the first and second distal portions; wherein the fin is configured to provide, at only the first distal portion and the second distal portion, improved flexibility in three degrees of freedom of movement within one of the hot passage and the cold passage.. .
Honeywell International Inc.
|Tube bending machine with an automatic loading automatic loading of tubes on the bending head of a tube bending machine|
The machine includes: a bending head movable with at least two degrees of freedom in a transverse vertical plane; a first drive is arranged to move the bending head in the plane and to move a tool of the bending head between an open position, in which it defines with a die of the bending head a free space adapted to receive a tube to be bent, and a closed position, in which it clamps the tube against the die. A tube-carrying structure is rotatable about an axis of rotation perpendicular to the plane; a second drive is arranged to cause the tube-carrying structure to rotate about its own axis of rotation; and an electronic control unit is arranged to control the first and second drives so as to move the bending head and the tube-carrying structure in a position such that the tube is received with a desired orientation in the free space between the die and the tool..
|Ultrasonic guidance of a probe with respect to anatomical features|
Systems and methods for probe insertion using feedback from ultrasound guidance using anatomical features. The present disclosure is directed to ultrasound imaging for the generation of ultrasound images of anatomical features such as bone and/or visualizing ultrasound images of anatomical features in a subject being imaged.
Rivanna Medical Llc
|System and teaching how to weld|
The present invention relates to a welding teaching system, which is formed by a six degrees of freedom platform or stewart platform on which the welding gun carrying the electrode is placed. The stewart platform is connected to communication means and automatized movements as well as processing means which allow the recording of the experimented welder's movement in order to reproduce them for a welder trainee who is in a training stage.
Universidad De Santiago De Chile
|Turbine cooled cooling air by tubular arrangement|
A gas turbine engine may include a combustor having an inner wall and an outer wall defining a combustion chamber there between. The inner wall and the outer wall may each have at least one opening into the combustion chamber.
Control device, robot system and generating control data
An optional position is set as a specification point (10) to a multi-joint manipulator (101). A restrained control command value is calculated to control the multi-joint manipulator in a restrained condition that at least one of degrees of freedom of movement of the multi-joint manipulator is restrained in the specification point, when a control command value to control the multi-joint manipulator is given..
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Multi-active-axis, non-exoskeletal rehabilitation device
A robotic device for operation in association with an appendage of a user, wherein the appendage of the user has an endpoint, the robotic device including: a base; and a robotic arm attached to the base and having an endpoint, the robotic arm having at least two active degrees of freedom relative to the base and being configured so that when the base is appropriately positioned relative to a user, the reference frame of the robotic device is oriented generally similarly to the reference frame of the user and motions of the endpoint of the appendage of the user are mimicked by motions of the endpoint of the robotic arm.. .
Barrett Technology, Inc.
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.
Natel Energy, Inc.
Mechanical support of an indirect contact lens by a surgical microscope during vitreoretinal surgery
An indirect contact lens is mechanically coupled to a surgical microscope during ophthalmic surgery, such as vitreoretinal surgery. The indirect contact lens rests on a cornea of an eye of a patient during the surgery but is supported by a surgical microscope attachment having multiple degrees of freedom to accommodate small movements of the eye while remaining aligned to an optical axis of the surgical microscope..
Unmanned aerial vehicle having a projector and being tracked by a laser tracker
An unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) such as a drone, quadcopter or octocopter having a projector on board for projecting information into physical space such as onto objects or locations while the uav is in flight, and further with the position and orientation (i.e., the six degrees of freedom) of the uav in flight being accurately tracked and controlled from the ground, e.g., by a laser tracker or a camera bar, thereby leading to a relatively more stable flight of the uav.. .
Faro Technologies, Inc.
Surgical limb positioning and support device and method
A limb positioning and support device for achieving and maintaining reduction of a human bone in connection with surgical procedures involving orthopedic and other surgical fracture tables. The limb positioning and support device includes an articulating and rotating positioning and support arm coupled between a surgical table and a limb saddle.
Hand intended for being provided on a humanoid robot with improved fingers
A hand intended for a humanoid robot comprises a palm and at least one finger articulated to the palm, the finger comprising at least one phalanx and an articulation linking the phalanx to the palm, the phalanx extending in a main direction. According to the invention, the articulation comprises an elastic joining piece allowing several degrees of freedom.
Imu system for assessing head and torso orientation during physical motion
A method and apparatus for monitoring the head and torso orientation of a subject during physical motion. The method and apparatus employ at least two inertial measurement units (imus) being temporally synchronized with each other and each measuring three degrees of freedom of angular velocity, acceleration, and optionally magnetic field.
The Regents Of The University Of Michigan
Adjustment of tooth position in a virtual dental model
The present disclosure provides computing device implemented methods, computing device readable media, and systems for adjustment of tooth position in a virtual dental model. Virtual dental modeling can include detecting space and/or collision between posterior teeth of an upper jaw and posterior teeth of a lower jaw in a virtual dental model that has been set in a preliminary target position.
Align Technology, Inc.
Master interface device for a motorised endoscopic system and installation comprising such a device
A master interface device for remotely controlling at least one instrument mounted in an endoscope. The device includes at least one control handle device in the form of a subassembly able to be manipulated in the same degrees of freedom as the associated control instrument.
Institut De Recherche Sur Les Cancers De L'appare- Il Digestif-ir-cad (association RÉgie Par Les Art
Percutaneous compression and distraction system
The present invention provides a compression and distraction shaft assembly used to apply compression and distraction to bones including vertebrae. Shaft a assembly and shaft b assembly are attached together via a polyaxial fulcrum.
Stryker European Holdings I, Llc
A fishing lure includes a lure body itself including a tail section and a head section. The head section includes a line attachment system for coupling fishing line or other tackle to the front of the lure which provides both increased structural competency and degrees of freedom for motion of the lure as it travels through water.
Mapping of blood vessels for biometric authentication
Improved thermoacoustic imaging is provided by ensuring directional uniformity of the microwave excitation provided to the target being imaged. This directional uniformity can be quantified in terms of the eccentricity e of the polarization ellipse of the microwave excitation.
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University
Remotely adjustable degrees of freedom for suspension coupling
Apparatus and associated methods relate to remote control over a number of degrees of freedom of coupling between a first suspension member and a second suspension member. In an illustrative embodiment, when in an uncoupled state, the first suspension member may move substantially independently of any motion of the second suspension member.
Skinz Protective Gear
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
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.
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.
General two degree of freedom isotropic harmonic oscillator and associated time base
The mechanical isotropic harmonic oscillator comprises at least a two degrees of freedom linkage supporting an orbiting mass with respect to a fixed base with springs having isotropic and linear restoring force properties wherein the mass has a tilting motion. The oscillator may be used in a timekeeper, such as a watch..
Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (epfl)
Suspension system and ride-on grounds maintenance vehicle incorporating same
A suspension system for use with a grounds maintenance vehicle such as a ride-on lawn mower. In one embodiment, the suspension system provide at least a first suspension apparatus positioned between a chassis of the mower and an operator support platform.
The Toro Company
Print head mounting structure
A print head mounting structure includes a beam that extends along a scan axis y of the print head; and a carriage adapted to be driven for reciprocating movement along the beam. The carriage includes a print head carrier for carrying the print head, a cable guide carrier and a link.
A flying simulator ride in accordance with present embodiments may include a suspended rotator ring capable of motion in six degrees of freedom. The flying simulator ride may also include a passenger support system suspended from the rotator ring wherein the passenger support system includes a first passenger support unit; and a second passenger support unit, wherein at least one of the first passenger support unit or the second passenger support unit are configured to move relative to one another to assume a stacked configuration and a loading configuration, wherein a distance between the rotator ring and the first passenger support unit is decreased in the stacked configuration relative to the loading configuration..
Universal City Studios Llc
Device for dynamic switching of robot control points
The invention comprises a system for switching between control points of a robotic system involving an industrial robot including a robot arm with a number of joints and provided with a tool interest point movable in a plurality of degrees of freedom.. .
Actuation mechanism, optical apparatus and lithography apparatus
An actuator to displace, for example a mirror, provides movement with at least two degrees of freedom by varying the currents in two electromagnets (370). A moving part includes a permanent magnet (362) with a magnetic face constrained to move over a working area lying substantially in a first plane perpendicular to a direction of magnetization of the magnet.
Asml, Netherlands B.v.
Adjustable display mount
A mounting system for mounting a display device to a surface, the mounting system adjustable in multiple degrees of freedom to selectively position and orientate the attached device relative to the mounting surface and/or other collocated display devices. According to various embodiments, a surface bracket is configured to attach to a mounting surface and an arm assembly operatively couples the surface bracket with a mount carriage.
Peerless Industries, Inc.
Suspension of a tubular element in an aircraft compartment
The invention relates to an assembly comprising a structure (2) and a tubular element (6), which is mounted isostatically in the structure (2), said tubular element (6) comprising a first end (7) connected to said structure by at least four connecting rods 10a-10b-10c-10d, thus setting four first degrees of freedom, and a second end (8) connected to said structure (2) by an attachment means (20) that sets two second degrees of freedom, said connecting rods comprising a means for adjusting the length thereof. In particular, it relates to an exhaust suitable for an auxiliary power unit in the compartment thereof and to the mounting method for aligning them..
Devices and methods for trackable hearing protection in magnetic resonance imaging
Hearing protection combined with head motion tracking for magnetic resonance (mr) procedures is provided. Trackable earplugs include an mr-visible sample combined with a passive resonant circuit.
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University
A sensor comprising a light component in support of a light source operable to direct a beam of light onto an imaging device having an image sensor, such as a ccd or cmos or n-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (nmos or live mos) sensor. The sensor can also comprise an imaging device positioned proximate to the light component and operable to receive the beam of light, and to convert this into an electric signal, wherein the light component and the imaging device are movable relative to one another, and wherein relative movement of the light component and the imaging device is determinable in multiple degrees of freedom.
Self-balanced hoisting and positioning loads, with six degrees of freedom
The present disclosure refers to an apparatus for hoisting and positioning a load in a self-balanced manner regardless of the position of its center of gravity. The apparatus comprises an upper platform adapted for being hoisted from a general hoisting point, a lower platform adapted the attachment of a load to be hoisted and positioned, and a six degrees of freedom actuator comprising six variable length tendons, adapted for moving the lower frame with respect the upper frame in the three directions of the space and tilted around the three axis of the space.
Airbus Defence And Space, S.a.
Attachment remote access tools
Apparatuses and methods for attaching a minimal access tool to a user's boy (e.g., wrist or forearm) so that movements of the user's forearm, wrist, hand and fingers can control movements at a distal end of the minimal access tool. In particular, described herein are forearm attachment devices (which may be used with or integrated into) a minimal access tool including a cuff configured to secure to the user's forearm and a coupling joint configured to connect the cuff to the frame so that the cuff may move relative to the frame with between 1 and 4 degrees of freedom..
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.
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..
Intuitive Surgical Operattions, Inc.
Ring architecture for sequential operation of an atomic gyroscope
Compact inertial measurement systems and methods based on atom interferometry. Certain examples provide a combination atomic accelerometer-gyroscope configured to recapture and cycle atom samples through atom interferometers arranged to allow the next measurement to use the atoms from the previous measurement.
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
Portable, compact hanging systems that enable a person to hang items from a wide variety of different objects and surfaces in order to free their hands for other activities are described. The hanging systems include hook and gated-loops systems composed of a hook connected to a gated loop by way of a rotatable hinge that provides multiple degrees of freedom.
Multi-function, large-scale gear milling machine
Disclosed is a multi-function, large-scale gear milling machine, at least comprising: a milling machine body; a workbench fixedly connected to the milling machine body and arranged along the milling machine body; a flat rotary table for clamping a disc-shaped gear, wherein the flat rotary table is eccentrically embedded in the workbench and the surface of the flat rotary table is basically of equal height to the workbench; an vertical rotary table provided at one end of the workbench, a centre frame or tailstock being provided at the other end of the workbench, wherein the centre frame or tailstock has the same axis as the vertical rotary table, and the vertical rotary table cooperates with the centre frame or tailstock to clamp a shaft gear; and a fork-shaped cutter head for mounting a disc-shaped milling cutter, wherein the fork-shaped cutter head is provided on a moving base such that the fork-shaped cutter head can move in three translational degrees of freedom relative to a workpiece and an included angle between an axis of a cutting tool and an axis of the workpiece can be adjusted accordingly, the moving base being connected to the milling machine body.. .
Tianjin Buffalo Transmission Technology Co., Ltd.
Rotating point-spread function (psf) design for three-dimensional imaging
An optical imaging system having an aperture comprised of a plurality of concentric annuli. The outer radius of each annulus is proportional to the square root of the number of annuli.
Microsurgical tool for robotic applications
The disclosed technology includes improved microsurgical tools providing multiple degrees of freedom at the wrist level, including roll, pitch, and grasp dofs, a tight articulation bending radius, low radial offset, and improved stiffness. Some implementations include an end effector platform moveable along a fixed trajectory on a fictional axle so as not to interfere with a central-axis aligned working channel; a crossed-arm mechanical linkage for articulating an end-effector platform throughout a pitch dof with an amplified pitch angle; and a partial pulley system to articulate the arms while maximizing pulley radius to shaft diameter, and permitting a constant transmission efficiency to the arms throughout the range of articulation.
Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
Methods and devices for surgical access
Devices, systems and surgical methods for achieving surgical access to a site within the body, particularly the spine. The system includes a modular retractor with a body and hood that are independently operable at their proximal ends to manipulate soft tissue at their distal ends, and may be adjustably and releasably coupled to form an open channel to a target tissue.
Oral retraction devices and methods
An oral retraction device comprises a tongue depressor blade, an articulation assembly constructed and arranged to articulate the tongue depressor blade with at least three degrees of freedom, and a support element constructed and arranged to provide a stabilizing force to the articulation assembly during articulation of the tongue depressor blade.. .
Redundant axis and degree of freedom for hardware-constrained remote center robotic manipulator
A remote center manipulator for use in minimally invasive robotic surgery includes a base link held stationary relative to a patient, an instrument holder, and a linkage coupling the instrument holder to the base link. First and second links of the linkage are coupled to limit motion of the second link to rotation about a first axis intersecting a remote center of manipulation.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
Apparatus and instrument and gesture based image guided surgery
A system is disclosed that allows for determining a position of an instrument in an object space. The position may include a three-dimensional location and at least one degree of freedom of orientation, or any appropriate number of degrees of freedom.
Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
Multi-degree-of-freedom support mechanism, lens barrel, and optical device
A multi-degree-of-freedom support mechanism includes a first member having a protruding part with a spherical surface, and a second member having a pair of planes opposite to each other across the protruding part. One of the first member and the second member is able to make relative movement with respect to the other with sliding movement of the spherical surface on the pair of planes.
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.