Robotics Patents for Sale or License

Robotic Surgical Device

A robotic surgical device for use in laparoscopic surgery, includes two robotic arms in parallel relationship with each other. Each arm has 7 DOF providing a total of fourteen degrees of movement, accuretaly reproduce the movements of a human torso complete with arms. The device allows a direct correlation between surgeon’s articulations and RSD joints. Easier for the surgeon to control, since it can be maneuvered using the same movements learned during the standard training, lowering surg
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Method and System of Optical Guidance of Mobile Body

The invention proposes to guide a robot by projecting a laser light, image processing and communication to improve the accuracy of guidance. The method spans areas of robotics, computer vision, user interface, video games, communication and smart home technologies. The key idea is to show goal positions to the robot optically instead of communicating them numerically. This intuitive interface simplifies directing the robot while visual feedback improves the positioning accuracy and allows fo
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Dielectric Elastomer Fiber Transducers

Artificial muscle fibers. Disclosed are electroactive polymer fibers, processes of preparing electroactive polymer fibers, and devices containing electroactive polymer fibers. Devices can be used as actuators and sensors, generators and transducers. Applications include inter alia artificial muscles, prosthetics and robotics.
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Method and Device for Controlling Robots for Welding Workpieces

The invention relates to a method for control of robots for welding of three-dimensional workpieces comprising: positioning and stapling profiles (3) on a plate (2) the formation of the welded workpiece (1), Mapping the workpiece by means of a three-dimensional imaging system into form of three-dimensional picture elements, determining the geometry of the disk and the data profiles including the mapping of free-cuts and from the Endbeschnittformenthree-dimensional picture elements, determining t
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Method and Device for Controlling Robots for Welding Workpieces

The invention relates to a method for controlling robots for welding three-dimensional workpieces, comprising the following steps: positioning and tacking profiles to a plate in order to form the workpiece to be welded, depicting the workpiece by means of a three-dimensional imaging system in the form of three-dimensional pixels, determining the geometric data of the plate and profiles, including the allocation of cutouts and final cutting shapes from the three-dimensional pixels, determining th
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Door i.e. vehicle door, has actuators provided in operative connection with sensor devices, and kinematics degrees of freedom assigned to actuators for motor support of opening and/or closing motion a

The door (10) has actuators (18, 20) provided in operative connection with sensor devices (24, 26, 28). Two kinematics degrees of freedom (alpha, X) are assigned to the actuators for a motor support of an opening and/or a closing motion and/or an unlocking-or locking process. The sensor devices are provided for detecting movement characteristic values of the door. The sensor devices are provided for detecting an operating force between the door and a person operating the door and for detecting a
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Device and Method for Non-Contact Recording of Spatial Coordinates of a Surface

A device and a method for non-contact recording of spatial coordinates of a surface includes a sensor head and a controller connected to the sensor head. The sensor head is designed as a portable hand-held device, a projector and two cameras. The controller is also designed as a portable device, with an electrochemical energy source housed in the controller or in the sensor head for power supply to the sensor head and the controller and no cable connection of the sensor head or the controller is
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Environment Property Estimation and Graphical Display

A surgical robot including an imaging system comprising at least one camera, a processor in communication with the imaging system, a manipulation system in communication with the processor, and a visual display in communication with the processor. The processor is operable to calculate a stiffness estimate for an area of an environment based on an environment model of tool-environment interaction data, create a composite image comprising a stiffness map of the stiffness estimate overlaid on an e
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Robotic System Including Foldable Robotic Arm

A system includes an end effector (110), a robotic wrist (120) for orienting the end effector (110); and a robotic arm (130) for positioning the end effector. The robotic arm (130) is foldable into a stack. The robotic wrist (120) is mounted to a last link of the robotic arm.
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Robotic Localizing Aid for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Delivery

A holding structure holds a biopsy needle and a HIFU transducer to allow smooth and accurate delivery of the HIFU beam at the interface of the liver, where bleeding will occur. This manipulator structure performs the biopsy and HIFU through the percutaneous approach. In addition, the procedure is imaged by an imaging ultrasound probe. The imaging ultrasound probe can track the needle entry site even when needle has been removed. The HIFU transducer fires a short pulse of HIFU in the needle tract
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Inhalable Particulate Environmental Robotic Sampler

A robotic sensor measures air quality characteristics as experienced by a toddler, such as a child of six to twelve months in age. The robot includes an air quality sensor, a terrain drive train, a sensor drive train and a control circuit that controls the terrain drive train and the sensor drive train. The control circuit directs the terrain drive train to traverse an area at a speed and a start and stop rate consistent with that of a child and directs the sensor drive train to control the moni
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Actuator Powered Deformable Soft-bodied Autonomous Platforms

The present solution described herein provides apparatuses, methods and systems for coordinating and controlling movement of soft-bodied robots, or soft-bodied platforms. A soft- bodied robot may move across a terrain by morphing, deforming, expanding, shrinking, extending, contracting, twisting, untwisting, bending or straightening of its body using actuators positioned within the body. The body may be divided into many segments. The segments may be moved or controlled by actuators that are att
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Robotic System for Characterisation of the Angular Response in Radiometric Instruments

The invention relates to a system specially designed to obtain results with high reliability, resolution, precision and rapidity in order to determine the angular response of the instrument in question and to provide immunity to the electromagnetic and light noise generated by the experiments. For this purpose, the system is formed by a robotic arm (4) enabling the automated rotation of the instrument to be characterised from +90 DEG to -90 DEG , said robotic arm being associated with a PC (1),
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Tracked Platform with Eight Wheels for Robotized Vehicle

The invention is related to mechanics, in particular to devices, configurations and methods that provides high mobility and wide use of the tracked platforms int. al. development of mobile robots. The goal is to provide a platform with high mobility and ability to move in rough terrain and ensure good contact with the ground. The platform includes central chassis, eight driving wheels that in pairs are coupled with tracks, wheel pair joints, and independent chassis joints that allow to move inde
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Autonomous Fruit Picking Machine

In a first object the present invention provides a fruit picking device which comprises a robot arm carrying a suction grabber and a vision system for the identification of a fruit and the determination of the position of said fruit relative to the suction grabber. The vision system of the device of the present invention is arranged such that the spatial co-ordinates of a fruit as provided by said vision system can be readily used to steer the suction grabber towards the fruit, without the need
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Artificial facial part e.g. lips and eyebrows, for use in humanoid robot for representing e.g. basic human emotions, has actuator for moving drive magnets, where movement of magnets causes movement of

The part has an actuator e.g. motor, pneumatic actuator, hydraulic actuator, solenoid actuator or piezo-actuator, effectively coupled with drive magnets (104, 114, 124). The actuator is configured for moving the drive magnets, where movement of the magnets by magnetic field interactions causes movement of magnetically operative sections (103, 113, 123) i.e. magnets. Components e.g. eyebrows (102), upper lip (112) and lower lip (122), are arranged at an outer side of a wall (101) of the part. The
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Improved Robotic Tactile Sensing System

University of California researchers have developed a simple yet novel tactile sensing system for robotic and other manufacturing applications. The UC system differs from existing tactile positioning systems in that it obtains a complete localization of the targeted object in a single contact, eliminating the need for awkward repositioning of the sensors and multiple measurements. The tactile sensing tool ranges over a large planar surface, and can make measurements anywhere on the surface in di
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Sample Retrieval Device for Environmental Aerosol Collection Used in Conjunction with a Field-Portable Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer

The remote collection of chemical and biological samples has become increasingly important in recent years. JHU/APL has developed a series of Field-Portable Time–of–Flight Mass Spectrometers to rapidly (<1 minute from receipt of sample) identify various pathogens and chemical agents. These devices must be taken to areas under investigation, where the samples are collected via aerosol impaction places in specific locations or manual swabbing of a target area. In both cases a person must go to
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Compact, Autonomous Robotic Detection and Identification (CARD) Sensor System

Automation has been a key factor since the Industrial Revolution in reducing the cost of goods and services. Clearing land mines is slow and dangerous work. The casualty rate for de-mining personnel ranges from 1 per 100 to 1 per 1000 land mines cleared. Crude land mine clearing efforts frequently involve just an individual with a simple metal detector and a long stick. More sophisticated approaches like heavily armored tanks dragging chains and low flying helicopters are very expensive. To decr
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Portable Robot Mine Detection and Classification System

Most mine clearing operations require that a human operate a mine detection apparatus. This places the human in mortal danger. To date no mine detection devices have a 100% probably of detection capability and a low false alarm rate. Mine clearing must be done quickly and therefore adds an additional element of stress to the human operator. Non lethal metal objects also slow down the operation. The researchers at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed a small r
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Virtual Feel Capaciflectors (GSC-14955)

Abstract: General purpose is to empower a tool, manipulated by a robot and using capactivie sensing, to precisely locate and seat over a mating fastener without contact. A minimum number of sensors are used (typically 2 or 3) along with a minimum of I/Os (input/ouput leads). Controlled motions and resulting induced charge movements on the tool/fastener contact surfaces provide the effect of large pixel number arrays. The effect is analogous to non-contact feel, hence "virtual feel".
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Neural Net Navigation Tool (MSC-22318)

Abstract: This invention is a self-contained on-board mobile vehicle navigation system. The system was developed to guide a robot through constrained pathways, such as hallways, rooms, and corridors. The system could, however, potentially be used in a much broader range of applications. This invention allows for the autonomous navigation of virtually any mobile vehicle (such as a robot, truck, automobile, boat, or airplane) that moves in an environment that is delimited by a boundary, such as a
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Laser-Directed Ranging Systems for Telerobotics Applications (MSC-22431)

Abstract: Researchers at NASA have developed new technologies for determining the distance from a remote-controlled robot to another object. In these range-finding systems, an operator controls a robot-mounted camera platform using a position-sensor helmet. Position signals from the helmet sensors are sent to the camera platform, enabling the movement of the camera platform to mimic the movement of the operator’s head. The technology allows an operator to see the robot’s environment from th
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Compact Dexterous Robotic Hand (MSC-22883)

This invention is a compact, rugged, dexterous robotic hand that closely resembles the function of a human hand. It is comprised of a palm housing which support a plurality of fingers, a wrist section, and a forearm section.
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Three Degree of Freedom Parallel Mechanical Linkage (ARC-14066)

Abstract: The NASA Ames Research Center has developed an innovative mechanical linkage for robot manipulators and hand-controllers that enables backdrivable force and motion capability in three degrees-of-freedom over a large volume workspace. Unlike most prior robot or hand controller mechanisms, this three degree-of-freedom capability is accomplished in the Ames device using only rigid links and rotary joints, without resorting to compliance-, friction-, or backlash-prone cable, belt, gear, o
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Programmable Parts Feeder (25111)

The invention is a vibratory device that programmably conveys, sorts, orients, and feeds multiple parts simultaneously, in parallel. To the best of our knowledge, it is the only commercially viable vibratory device that can perform this variety of functions without large numbers of actuators in an actuator array. The invention uses vibration of a rigid horizontal plate on which parts rest. The vibration of the plate effectively creates a force field on the plate, and parts on the plate move
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Tactile Pattern Display (26012/27004/27005/27025

While far more advanced than mechanical buttons, switches, and knobs, devices like touch screens and touch pads fail to provide (despite their name) the sense of touch. They have no shape, no texture and no clickiness. They are dead to the finger and as such, must provide information with visual graphics or sound. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to actually feel something, not just to see or hear it? This is what the TPaD enables. The TPaD is a novel technology for creating the sense of touch in
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Automated Tool Rack System for Robotic Surgery (TRS)

Introduction In one vision of the future of surgical robotics, all humans will be removed from the operating room except the patient. In order to enable robotic surgery without human assistance, a means must be developed to change tools. Technology description Researchers at the University of Washington have invented an automated tool rack system (TRS) for storing, loading, and unloading surgical tools and presenting them to a surgical robot at a single point of service. It exhibits a compliant
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Portable Robot-Assisted Surgery Master Station

Introduction Robotic telesurgery is a new field with great potential to overhaul the way surgical care is delivered at home, in the field, and to remote or extreme environments. In robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, the operating surgeon uses a robotic interface device (the master) to control a surgical manipulator robot (the slave) to do operating procedures. Surgical robots eliminate the need to have a surgeon next to the patient and therefore enable improved ergonomics, increased dext
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Control System for Prosthetic Devices (MSC-21941)

Although many prosthetic devices have been developed, including computer controlled "bionic" or hydraulically actuated devices, these devices do not provide user feedback. Additionally, below-the-elbow amputees favor some derivation of the traditional hook-and-cable harness system developed in the last century because of the low cost, ease of repair, reliability and simple hook prehension (derived from the shoulder and back muscles through a harness and cable assembly). The Myoelectric Prosth
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