2017
Machinery/Automation/Robotics

Excessive search times is one of the biggest organizational wastes in a diverse set of work environments including a factory shop and a home environment. Over the years sort and standardization techniques like 5S have been developed to define and enforce organization. These methods have been effective provided all users adhere to these standards. Imperfections do creep in with time and the occasional failure to adhere to the defined standards. These imperfections can build up over time.

Recent advances in Computer Vision including the abundant and inexpensive availability of mobile cameras, machine learning based identification of objects and access to open source vision libraries has provided us the tools to be able to recognize and sort objects. Some ...

A system of, and method for stereoscopic patent imagery filing submission, archiving, searching, and viewing for the U.S.Patent Office, is hereby described, whereby, some of each patent's imagery (drawings, figures, pictures, wireframes, X-rays, MRI's, CAT scans,, movies, graphic image layers, simulations, and other visual data) contain stereoscopic imagery which can be vewed three dimensionally (in 3-D). Stereoscopic patent imagery can be viewed by at least one of the following means: virtual reality display systems, volumetric display viewing systems, head-worn stereoscopic viewing systems, audio visual glasses, stereoscopic glasses with self contained stereoscopic displays, polarized glasses viewing systems, alternating horizontal interlace viewing systems, lenticular display systems, analglyphic image viewers, left / right alternate image flickering viewing systems, holographic viewing systems, laser ...

Flying Balloon Mars Rover (Robot)
After nearly two years on the surface of Mars, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have returned a wealth of valuable information from their wanderings. But the pace of their explorations is painfully slow, covering only a few miles since their mission began. Orbiters can certainly cover the surface of a planet much more quickly, but they lack the "hands-on" capabilities provided by surface based instruments.

Now speed up such explorations using a balloon based Mars exploration vehicle combining the global reach of arbiters and the high resolution observations enabled by surface based rovers. Balloons have been long recognized as unique scientific platforms due to their relatively low cost and low power ...

Synchronous/Switched Reluctance Motor/Generators (SRM) have great potential for many applications which require rugged construction and high reliability at low cost such as wind turbine generators or tractive drive motors. Widespread use of SRM's is limited because of magnetic circuit reluctance patterns that contribute to cogging torque. Our unique geometry eliminates cogging torque without complex software using prime numbered stator armature coils. The advantages include:

1) Simple low cost all steel rotor design using primed numbered step sequence commutation for smooth rotation.
2) Easy to assembly design comprising only 4 sub-assemblies
- Rotor has no copper for increased thermal and electrical efficiency
- Stator
- Electronic commutator located adjacent to stator winding inside machine's frame. Each ...

The BobbyJack Pipe Lift (US Patent No. 8,596,612) is used in all industries utilizing process pipe supported in pipe racks. Primarily due to the phenomena of Crevice Corrosion at the interface of pipe-to-support beam, virtually all piping systems are at risk.

Crevice Corrosion is a costly problem particularly in chemical plants, refineries, offshore oil platforms, and to a lesser degree in power plants, food processing plants, and any industry employing process pipe.

To effectively manage this problem, a good mechanical integrity requires periodic lifting of the pipe from it's support to assess damage. Where a problem is detected, the pipe must be lifted in order to fix the problem (e.g. Sandblasting&Painting or other mechanical repair).

Certain products such as ...

Tobor Robotics Inc. is building the TIE (Tobor Innovation Experiment) versatile humanoid robot platform. This platform will combine semi-active mechanisms inspired by the human body with AI to bring about the physical skills and autonomy required for functionality. Currently, the platform is aimed at providing in home care for our aging population. We have intellectual property in the realm of prosthetics/robotics that can be used to build the basis of this robotic platform.

The world today is fast moving and people across the world have problems with work - life balance. The TIE Series will be the first humanoids that can offer a variety of day to day home maintenance and care because it can interact with other machines ...

It's a robot that does multitasks and it takes place in a restaurant or coffee shop. It opens the door for people, takes their orders, places plates and cups on tables, and helps people carry things.

It will be made of a mobile base and one arm attached to that base, several sensors and controllers.

We aim that the robot will be not just be robust steel but it can communicate and interact with people and know their ...

The objective of the project is to make an assistive limb to assist human beings in some or other activity, eliminating human errors and increasing productivity. The most common activity humans perform, be it a soldier or an industrial worker or a rural woman, is weight lifting and that is what we aim to target. The idea is to make an exoskeleton which will help human beings lift heavy weights without feeling any load/stress on the human muscle. The prototype made when worn by a human can successfully lift up to additional 40kgs with the one arm.

The exoskeleton is a setup consisting of mechanical linkages, motors, actuators that allow limb movement and provide higher strength and endurance. The purpose ...

Wearable Power Modules (WPM) is a modular solution to enhancing human muscle capability with clean engine power while batteries don't have enough energy density for heavy tasks. WPM is designed to collaborate with mobile data services (IoT/M2M) and extend wearable technology for power applications. Centerpiece of WPM is the ultralight power module (PM). PM outputs pneumatic power, it empowers various modular tool adapters. For mobility concern, it could be used for pneumatic powered bike, skateboard, wheelchair or exoskeleton; other applications could cover power hand tools, emergency rescue tools,sport equipment, etc. (Fig. 1).

The power module (PM) uses propane/butane and oxygen enriched compressed air as fuels. It is efficient, clean, quiet and light in weight; it suits to power ...

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