Dallas Invents: 129 Patents Granted for Week of July 9 » Dallas Innovates

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 15 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: • FutureWei Technologies’ predictive routing for mobility • Paragon Furniture’s modular desk systems • Phazr’s multifaceted radio base station • Red River Tea Co.’s still beverage brewing • John Almeida’s unassigned virus-immune computer system • Wynright’s robotic manipulation for an automated truck unloader • ZixCorp Systems’ secure electronic mail system • Toyota’s autonomous vehicle routing based on chaos assessment Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC).  Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 17 Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 4 Futurewei...

Researchers Reveal Reconfiguring Robot Design for Adaptable Tasks

Many robots are great at performing singular tasks in a specific situation or environment, but they are not good at adapting in unknown environments to complete their objectives. Researchers today published a paper on a reconfiguring robot system that could carry out specific tasks by changing its physical design. Think Transformers, but without the explosions and collateral damage. The modular self-reconfigurable robot (MSRR) system created by scientists at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania is composed of several modules that connect to one another to form larger robotic structures. By reconfiguring the arrangement of these modules, the robots can transform from a wheeled robot into an arm able to lift and move objects, or a snake-like robot that can climb stairs. The results of their experiments is detailed in the report, “An integrated system for perception-driven autonomy with modular robots,” published today in Science Robotics. In the ‘snake’ design, the modular robot sheds two of its wheeled parts and is able to navigate a small staircase. Source: Tarik Tosun “One of the big potentials of modular robotics in the autonomous field is that they can adapt ...