Brian Hoffman
Wenyi Zhao, Christopher J Hasser, William C Nowlin, Brian D Hoffman: Methods and systems for robotic instrument tool tracking. Intuitive Surgical, Intellectual Property Dept, Intutive Surgical, April 2, 2009: US20090088897-A1

In one embodiment of the invention, a method for a robotic system is disclosed to track one or more robotic instruments. The method includes generating kinematics information for the robotic instrument within a field of view of a camera; capturing image information in the field of view of the camera ...

Control of broadcast radio and television receivers. British Broadcasting, June 11, 1980: GB2034995-A (204 worldwide citation)

A television or, as shown, radio receiver (10) is provided with a light pen (12) capable of reading bar codes in a broadcasting periodical (18), these codes then being applied to a store (30) in the receiver. The programme codes comprise a station reference number and a time indication. When the tim ...

John H Chiloyan, Edwin W Thorne III: Method and system for programming a remote control unit. Microsoft Corporation, Jones & Askew, December 28, 1999: US06008735 (195 worldwide citation)

A method and system for programming a remote control unit to control the operation of a controllable device. A group of code sets associated with a particular type and brand of controllable device are selected from a database of code sets stored in the memory of the remote control unit. The commands ...

Michael J Suman: Prompting system for vehicle personalization. Prince Corporation, Price Heneveld Cooper DeWitt & Litton, June 11, 1996: US05525977 (192 worldwide citation)

A personalization system for vehicles uses a CD player and a keyless entry transmitter. The CD player outputs audible prompting signals including accessory operation choices. The driver selects accessory operation by pressing the "LOCK" or "UNLOCK" switch on the keyless entry key fob following an as ...

Akinobu Uchikubo, Takao Tabata, Junichi Onishi, Satoshi Honma, Takashi Ozaki, Makoto Tsunakawa, Kazunori Taniguchi, Takeaki Nakamura, Yoshia Hoshino, Masakazu Gotanda, Norihiko Hareyama: Medical apparatus supporting system. Olympus Optical, Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen, November 12, 2002: US06480762 (189 worldwide citation)

A plurality of pieces of medical equipment each of which includes a microcomputer and has a program used to control the microcomputer stored in a reproqrammable storage device such as an EEPROM is linked to a remote computer over a communication line. Using a rewriting/updating program sent from the ...

Homayoun Seraji, David Lim, Thomas S Lee: Mobile dexterous siren degree of freedom robot arm with real-time control system. California Institute of Technology, Michaelson & Wallace, April 7, 1998: US05737500 (167 worldwide citation)

The present invention is a mobile redundant dexterous manipulator with a seven-degree-of-freedom robot arm mounted on a 1 degree-of-freedom mobile platform with a six-degree-of freedom end effector including a real-time control system with multiple modes of operation. The manipulator-plus-platform s ...

Visser Nicolaas Jozef: Control system.. Stork Kwant, January 3, 1990: EP0349086-A1 (153 worldwide citation)

An electronic processing circuit 17 compares digital signals representing the position of a number of mutually connected operating members to the contents of an electronic memory 18. On detecting a difference indicating the adjustment of the position of one of the operating members, the circuit 17 a ...

Charles E Taylor, Andrew J Parker, Shek Fai Lau, Eric C Blair, Andrew Heninger, Eric Ng: Robot vacuum with internal mapping system. Sharper Image Acquisition, Arent Fox, September 28, 2010: US07805220 (137 worldwide citation)

A robot cleaner is described that cleans a room using a serpentine room clean and a serpentine localized clean. Sensors can include an object following sensor, a stairway detector and bumper sensors.

Markus P J Fromherz: Apparatus and method of distributed object handling. Xerox Corporation, Oliff & Berridge, June 10, 2003: US06577925 (137 worldwide citation)

A modular object handling system has a multi-level control architecture, which includes a system controller that coordinates the functions and/or operations of individual module controllers, that in turn control corresponding actuators, to provide a desired system function. The system controller per ...

Michael David Aldred, Andrew Michael Shardlow: Autonomous machine. Dyson Technology, Morrison & Foerster, August 1, 2006: US07085624 (136 worldwide citation)

An autonomous machine is configured to explore the area in which it is located, constructing a map of the area based on information collected by the machine as the machine explores the area. The machine determines when it has returned to a previously visited position within the area. The map is corr ...