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 Image processing device, robot, robot system, and marker patent thumbnailImage processing device, robot, robot system, and marker
An image processing device that detects a marker, in which the marker includes a first figure in which three or more figure centers are overlapped with each other and a data area provided on an internal or external portion of the first figure, and the image processing device detects the first figure and detects the data area based on the figure centers of the first figure.. .
Seiko Epson Corporation


 Vision-based system for navigating a robot through an indoor space patent thumbnailVision-based system for navigating a robot through an indoor space
Methods, systems, and devices are provided for navigating a robot along a route. Navigation is accomplished using an image sensor mounted on the robot, which captures an image of a target.
Aseco Investment Corp.


 Automatic beacon position determination patent thumbnailAutomatic beacon position determination
A method for robotic discovery and use of beacons for navigation may include performing a beacon position determination process with respect to at least one beacon usable for range determination by a robotic vehicle responsive to initiation of operation of the robotic vehicle. The method may further include determining a position of the at least one beacon based on the position determination process, and employing the position of the at least one beacon as determined for position information determination of the robotic vehicle during continued operation of the robotic vehicle..
Husqvarna Ab


 Robotic golf caddy patent thumbnailRobotic golf caddy
A autonomous robotic golf caddy which is capable of following a portable receiver at a pre-determined distance, and which is capable of sensing a potential impending collision with an object in its path and stop prior to said potential impending collision.. .
Lemmings Llc


 Compensating robot movement deviations patent thumbnailCompensating robot movement deviations
A method, device, and computer program product for compensating robot movement deviations caused by a gear box as well as to a robot arrangement including such a device. The device has a drift estimating block configured to obtain motor data ({dot over (q)}r) and motor torque data (τ) related to the motor, determine a measure of the temperature of the gear box based on the motor data ({dot over (q)}r) and motor torque data (τ) and estimate the drift (Δq) based on a drift value of the robot section, the drift value in turn being obtained based on the gearbox temperature measure and a gravitational torque (τgrav) of the motor, and a drift adjusting block (44) configured to adjust a control value (qr) used to control the positioning of the robot based on the estimated drift (Δq)..
Abb Schweiz Ag


 Lithographic apparatus,  transferring a substrate and device manufacturing method patent thumbnailLithographic apparatus, transferring a substrate and device manufacturing method
A lithographic apparatus includes a substrate table, a post-exposure handling module, a substrate handling robot and a drying station. The substrate table is configured to support a substrate for an exposure process.
Asml Netherlands B.v.


 Pipette device and liquid treatment system patent thumbnailPipette device and liquid treatment system
Provided is a pipette device that can discharge or withdraw a liquid easily by liquid processing operation by a robot device. Provided is a pipette device held by a robot device, comprising a driving part for withdrawing and/or discharging a liquid, a signal receiving part for receiving a signal from the robot device and a control part for controlling the driving part according to the signal..
Robotic Biology Institute Inc.


 Sealing and de-stacking patent thumbnailSealing and de-stacking
When being sealed, insulating glass blanks (5) are held in a sealing station (2) gripped at the base by grippers (17) of a gripper arrangement (16) and/or by suction heads (15) and rest at the top against a roller beam (7) fitted with rollers (8). As the insulating glass blank (5) is sealed, only the nozzle (11) of a sealing assembly (10) moves along the outer edge of the insulating glass blank (5), which is stationary during the sealing process.
Lisec Austria Gmbh


 Sealing and de-stacking patent thumbnailSealing and de-stacking
When being sealed, insulating glass blanks (5) are held in a sealing station (2) gripped at the base by grippers (17) of a gripper arrangement (16) and/or by suction heads (15) and rest at the top against a roller beam (7) fitted with rollers (8). As the insulating glass blank (5) is sealed, only the nozzle (11) of a sealing assembly (10) moves along the outer edge of the insulating glass blank (5), which is stationary during the sealing process.
Lisec Austria Gmbh


 Autonomous order picker patent thumbnailAutonomous order picker
The order picker (1) comprising a vehicle (2, 25, 30); a robot device (3) on the vehicle (2, 25, 30), which is configured to manipulate objects within a working range (r_r); a pick-up device (4) on the vehicle for picking up a selection pallet (21) within the working range (r_r); a carrying device (5) on the vehicle for carrying an order pallet (16) within the working range (r_r); and a control unit, which is configured to activate the robot device (3) to convey load units (59) from a selection pallet (21) positioned in the working range (r_r) onto an order pallet (16) carried in the working range (r_r). The invention furthermore relates to a corresponding method for order picking an order pallet (16) comprising load units (59) from a goods warehouse having selection pallets (20) arranged in rows and/or racks (23) using a vehicle (2, 25, 30) and a robot device (3) arranged thereon having a working range (r_r)..
Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft


Systems and methods for prescription container shipping

A prescription handling system that takes filled prescription containers in an automated pharmacy and places them into a package for shipment is described. The handling system includes an inflow to feed containers to a turntable and a robot moves containers from the turntable to a container placement section, which places the containers in a pocket of a package for shipping.
Express Scripts, Inc.

Walking robot

A method and apparatus for a walking robot. A first end effector connected to a first end of a robotic arm is moved relative to a surface of a structure and away from a second end effector connected to a second end of the robotic arm.
The Boeing Company

Self-balancing robot system comprising robotic omniwheel

A self-balancing robot system comprising artificial intelligence characterized in that the robot is comprising a humanoid body or comprising a vehicle body. The humanoid body is used for service comprises; an articulated head comprising a voice system for user interaction, and a logic controller for facial imaging via a led system and led display monitor.

Joint mechanism for humanoid robot

A joint mechanism includes: a first member; a second member; and a gear device that is provided between the first member and the second member and changes the number of revolutions at a predetermined ratio to transmit a drive force. The gear device includes a crank shaft on which a first eccentric portion is formed, a first oscillating gear that has first external teeth and an insertion hole into which the first eccentric portion is inserted, a carrier that retains the crank shaft rotatably, and an external cylinder that has an internal-tooth pin 3.
Nabtesco Corporation

Robot and controlling thereof

A second neural network arranged for receiving the torque and angle signals and arranged for providing to the controller a direction signal indicating the direction along which said external force is applied to said at least one member.. .

Robot control device, robot system and controlling robot which carries object in cooperation with person

There is provided a robot control device enabling a robot to carry various types of objects without exceeding an allowable weight thereof. The robot control device for controlling the robot for carrying an object in cooperation with a person includes a force acquisition part configured to acquire force applied from the object to the robot when the object is lifted, a comparison part configured to compare a force component in a gravity direction of the force acquired by the force acquisition part with a first threshold value predetermined with respect to the force component, and a stop command part configured to stop the robot when the force component is greater than the first threshold value..
Fanuc Corporation

Executing software applications on a robot

A method of handling a software application on a robot comprising a plurality of installed software application, a software application being associated with a predefined semantic description, the method comprises the steps of extracting one or more patterns from an audio dialog with a human user; an audio dialog comprising sentences and a pattern comprising predefined sentences; comparing one or more patterns with the semantic descriptions of the software applications; selecting a software application based on the performed comparisons; and executing the selected software application. Described developments comprise software application execution rules, predefined or dynamically defined execution rules, the audio listing of the installed applications depending on environmental parameters, the optional use of complimentary display means and the installation of a missing application.
Softbank Robotics Europe

Haptic virtual fixture tools

Apparatus and methods for defining and utilizing virtual fixtures for haptic navigation within real-world environments, including underwater environments, are provided. A computing device can determine a real-world object within a real-world environment.
University Of Washington

Methods and systems for selecting a velocity profile for controlling a robotic device

Methods and systems for selecting a velocity profile for controlling a robotic device are provided. An example method includes receiving via an interface a selection of a robotic device to control, and receiving via the interface a request to modify a velocity profile of the robotic device.
X Development Llc

Robot system having function to calculate position and orientation of sensor

A robot control device which controls a robot includes a sensor coordinate system calculation unit which calculates a position and an orientation of a sensor by making the robot perform a predetermined operation. The sensor coordinate system calculation unit comprises an operation parameter optimization unit which is configured to obtain a combination most suitable for calculating the position and orientation of the sensor, from a plurality of combinations of modified.
Fanuc Corporation

Transfer system and transfer method

A transfer system includes a robot including a hand configured to transfer a substrate, a transfer chamber within which the robot is disposed, a plurality of substrate-storing cassettes disposed side by side on a sidewall of the transfer chamber in a plan view, and a robot control device configured to control an operation of the robot based on teaching information. The robot control device includes an operation controller configured to cause the robot to transfer the substrate to a storage position while slanting a hand centerline toward the robot away from a storage centerline with respect to a first cassette and while superimposing the hand centerline on the storage centerline with respect to a second cassette..
Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki

Robotic grasping of items in inventory system

Robotic arms or manipulators can be utilized to grasp inventory items within an inventory system. Information can be obtained about constraints relative to relevant elements of a process of transferring the item from place to place.
Amazon Technologies, Inc.

Robotic inspection device

The present invention relates to a robotic inspection device (10) comprising at least one pair of robotic modules (1) connected together by means of an articulated joint (9), with at least one displacement device (2) coupled to a rail (11); the displacement device (2) comprising at least one pair of pivoted brackets (3); at least one of the robotic modules (1) comprising at least one within an instrumentation system (7) and a manipulator arm (8).. .
Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro - Ufrj

Administration server, administration system, and administration method

In a case where an administration server is disposed, and manages and operates a plurality of robots, a robot operation may be impaired due to a request interval for extracting sensor information stored in a robot from the robot, the types of sensors, and the number of sensors.. .
Hitachi, Ltd.

Robot pedestal having support structure for controller

A lightweight and low-cost robot pedestal, by which a robot mechanical unit and a robot controller can be integrally conveyed. The pedestal has a mount part on which the robot mechanical unit is mounted, and a plurality of legs arranged on a lower portion of the mount part and configured to support the mount part.
Fanuc Corporation

Apparatus for replacing welding tip of welder and supplying same

Disclosed are an apparatus for supplying a welding tip of a welder and an apparatus for replacing the same, which can automatically supply or replace a welding tip of a welding robot that is used in a vehicle body production factory, etc. The apparatus for replacing a welding tip of a welder of the present invention comprises: a fixed bracket secured to a support; an actuator coupled to the fixed bracket; a first moving member that is moved by the actuator; a second moving member coupled to the first moving member and hingedly coupled to the fixed bracket; a third moving member hingedly coupled to the second moving member; a first welding tip removal member coupled to the third moving member to separate a welding tip coupled to a shank; a fourth moving member that is moved by the actuator and is disposed opposite to the first moving member; a fifth moving member coupled to the fourth moving member and hingedly coupled to the fixed bracket; a sixth moving member coupled to the fifth moving member; and a second welding tip removal member that is coupled to the sixth moving member and moves in relation to the first welding tip removal member..

Robotic end effector and maskless painting

A robotic end effector includes a line painting system and a spray painting system for painting features on a surface. The line painting system includes a flexible wick for flowing lines onto the surface..
The Boeing Company

Vascular remote catheter manipulator

A robotic instrument driver for elongate members includes a first elongate member, and at least one manipulator mechanism configured to manipulate the first elongate member, and at least one articulating drive configured to articulate the first elongate member, positionable on a bed and beside a patient access site. The manipulator and articulating drive are positioned relative to each other a distance less than the insertable length of the first elongate member, stationary in position..
Hansen Medical, Inc.

Robot management systems for determining docking station pose including mobile robots and methods using same

A mobile robot system is provided that includes a docking station having at least two pose-defining fiducial markers. The pose-defining fiducial markers have a predetermined spatial relationship with respect to one another and/or to a reference point on the docking station such that a docking path to the base station can be determined from one or more observations of the at least two pose-defining fiducial markers.
Irobot Corporation

Robotic systems, methods, and end-effectors for harvesting produce

Robotic systems and specialized end-effectors provide for automated harvesting of produce such as fresh market apples. An underactuated design using tendons and flexure joints with passive compliance increases robustness to position error, overcoming a significant limitation of previous fruit harvesting end-effectors.
Washington State University

Prediction of component maintenance

One or more processors determine wear for a robotic device. The one or more processors divide a direction of travel of a robotic device into zones.
International Business Machines Corporation

Vacuum cleaning robot with vision navigation function and navigation method thereof

The present disclosure provides a vacuum cleaning robot with vision navigation function and navigation method thereof the vacuum cleaning robot comprises a cleaning body and a vision navigation controller. The cleaning body comprises a sense unit, a drive unit, and a drive control unit.
Looq System, Inc.

Robot cleaner and controlling method thereof

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a robot cleaner and a control method of the robot cleaner, more particularly, to a robot cleaner configured to correct position information of the robot cleaner by acquiring a position of a docking station during the robot clear drives and to correct a map by using corrected position information, and a control method of the robot cleaner.. .
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Robot arm and assembly set

The invention relates to a robot arm (1) having a modular structure and directly driven arm joints (2). To simplify and facilitate assembly of the robot arm (1), it is proposed that the arm joints (2) each display a drive module (3) having a directly driven worm drive (31) for generating a torque effective in relation to an axis of rotation (a, a1, a2, a3, a4, a5) of the drive module (3), and a connecting module (4), following on axially from the drive module (3) in relation to the axis of rotation (a), for transmitting the torque to an arm joint (2) located downstream in relation to a drive sequence, in the direction of a head-side end joint (21) of the robot arm (1).
Igus Gmbh

System, method and computer program product for handling humanoid robot interaction with human

A method of handling humanoid robot interaction with human is disclosed. The method allows systematically storing all events detected within a humanoid robot environment, and classifying as temporary stimuli.
Softbank Robotics Europe

Robot system, robot, and robot control apparatus

A robot system includes an arm with a plurality of joints, the arm being configured to assume a first position and a second position, an end effector attached to the arm, the end effector having a specific position, and a force detector configured to detect a force or a torque applied to or generated by the arm or the end effector, and a robot control apparatus configured to receive an output value from the force detector to change the arm from the first position to the second position while the end effector remains in the specific position, and store the second position of the arm in a memory so as to relate the second position of the arm with the specific position of the end effector.. .
Seiko Epson Corporation

Force sensor correcting method

The present invention provides a force sensor correcting method which is simple and capable of performing correction, with the force sensor remaining mounted at the end of an arm without an exchange of an end effector. In the present invention, a force sensor 1 of one robot 101 has already been corrected, and a force sensor 2 of the other robot 102 is an object to be corrected.
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

Dynamic automation work zone safety system

Methods and apparatus are provided for operating robotic actors in a human/robotic environment. A safety controller that is configured to communicate with one or more robotic actors can receive actor information about at least a location of one or more actors.
The Boeing Company

Battery and hard drive exchange station for robots

An example method includes receiving, by a mobile robotic device, power from a battery of a first battery pack in order to operate within an environment. The method further includes establishing a first data channel between the mobile robotic device and the first battery pack.
Google Inc.

Robotic gripper sensor

A gripper sensor device for aligning fine wires. The robotic gripper sensor device including a housing having a probe receiving cavity.
Tyco Electronics Corporation

Articulating robotic probes, systesm and methods incorporating the same, and methods for performing surgical procedures

In an articulating probe system, an articulating probe is constructed and arranged to articulate in at least one degree of motion and to transition between a flexible state and a rigid state, the articulating probe comprising a plurality of links between a proximal link and a distal link the distal link of the articulating probe includes a side port constructed and arranged to receive a distal end of an elongate tool. A tool support is in communication with the articulating probe for supporting the elongate tool, the tool support including a tool tube that extends from the tool support at an intermediate portion to the side port of the distal link at a distal portion, the tool tube having a first flexibility in the intermediate portion and having a second flexibility in the distal portion; the second flexibility being greater in flexibility than the first flexibility..
Medrobotics Corporation

Autonomous floor cleaning with removable pad

An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a body, a controller supported by the body, a drive supporting the body to maneuver the robot across a floor surface in response to commands from the controller, and a pad holder attached to an underside of the body to hold a removable cleaning pad during operation of the robot. The pad includes a mounting plate and a mounting surface.
Irobot Corporation

Localization of a robot in an environment using detected edges of a camera image from a camera of the robot and detected edges derived from a three-dimensional model of the environment

Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for using a camera of a robot to capture an image of the robot's environment, detecting edges in the image, and localizing the robot based on comparing the detected edges in the image to edges derived from a three-dimensional (“3d”) model of the robot's environment from the point of view of an estimated pose of the robot in the environment. In some implementations, the edges are derived based on rendering, from the 3d model of the environment, a model image of the environment from the point of view of the estimated pose—and applying an edge detector to the rendered model image to detect model image edges from the model image..
X Development Llc

Systems and methods for remote robotic apparel fitting and shopping

Remote apparel fitting has long remained a problem technically and commercially since the start of online e-commerce. Various virtual fitting rooms have been disclosed in prior inventions and tried, where simulated apparel fitting results are generated from computer models.

Systems and methods for performing simultaneous localization and mapping using machine vision systems

The present invention provides a mobile robot configured to navigate an operating environment, that includes a controller circuit that directs a drive of the mobile robot to navigate the mobile robot through an environment using camera-based navigation system and a camera including optics defining a camera field of view and a camera optical axis, where the camera is positioned within the recessed structure and is tilted so that the camera optical axis is aligned at an acute angle of above a horizontal plane in line with the top surface and is aimed in a forward drive direction of the robot body, and the camera is configured to capture images of the operating environment of the mobile robot.. .
Irobot Corporation

Robot confinement

A method of confining a robot in a work space includes providing a portable barrier signal transmitting device including a primary emitter emitting a confinement beam primarily along an axis defining a directed barrier. A mobile robot including a detector, a drive motor and a control unit controlling the drive motor is caused to avoid the directed barrier upon detection by the detector on the robot.
Irobot Corporation

System and self-contained modular manufacturing device having nested controllers

A system and method for a self-contained modular manufacturing device having self-contained modular tools configured to collectively accomplish a specific task or function in a hierarchical control manner. In an embodiment, the modular device includes a housing that has a mount configured to engage a robotic arm or other form of maneuvering actuator (such a crane or gantry).
Mobile Tool Management, Inc.

Systems and methods for time-based parallel robotic operation

Example systems and methods may allow for parallel operation of robotic devices within a workcell, such as industrial robots controlled to manufacture an output product. One example method includes receiving ordered sequences of operations for a plurality of corresponding robotic devices, determining time-based sequences of operations for each of the robotic devices, where a time-based sequence of operations indicates positions within the workcell at corresponding timesteps of a global timeline, determining one or more potential collisions involving the robotic devices that would result from parallel execution of the time-based sequences of operations within the workcell, modifying the time-based sequences of operations in order to prevent the one or more potential collisions, and providing instructions for parallel execution of the modified time-based sequences of operations at timesteps of the global timeline by the robotic devices within the workcell..
Bot & Dolly, Llc

System and self-contained self-calibrating modular manufacturing tool

A system and method for a self-contained self-calibrating modular manufacturing device having modular tools and parts configured to collectively accomplish a specific task or function. The modular device includes a housing that has a mount configured to engage a robotic arm or other form of maneuvering actuator (such a crane or gantry).
Mobile Tool Management, Inc.

Using sensor-based observations of agents in an environment to estimate the pose of an object in the environment and to estimate an uncertainty measure for the pose

Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for using sensor-based observations from multiple agents (e.g., mobile robots and/or fixed sensors) in an environment to estimate the pose of an object in the environment at a target time and to estimate an uncertainty measure for that pose. Various implementations generate a multigraph based on a group of observations from multiple agents, where the multigraph includes a reference frame node, object nodes, and a plurality edges connecting the nodes.
X Development Llc

Absorber system

An absorber system solves problems of known absorber systems for use in solar fields in that the absorber tube is suspended on a rail below an absorber cover. The design also makes it possible to move measuring and cleaning robots and the like along the absorber tube more and allows the absorber tube and the secondary reflector to be jointly suspended, whereby an exact mutual alignment between the two components is enabled..
Frenell Gmbh

Soft robotic actuators

A soft robotic device includes a flexible body having a width, a length and a thickness, wherein the thickness is at least 1 mm, the flexible body having at least one channel disposed within the flexible body, the channel defined by upper, lower and side walls, wherein at least one wall is strain limiting; and a pressurizing inlet in fluid communication with the at least one channel, the at least one channel positioned and arranged such that the wall opposite the strain limiting wall preferentially expands when the soft robotic device is pressurized through the inlet.. .
President And Fellows Of Harvard College





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