Patent Issued for Nesting Negotiation for Self-Mobile DevicesInternational Business Machines CorporationNewsRx.com
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- A patent by the inventor Kumhyr, David Bruce (Austin, TX), filed on December 14, 2010, was cleared and issued on December 4, 2012, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.
Patent number 8326458 is assigned to International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY).
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention relates to the ability of a robotic device to monitor and negotiate the charging of its own battery and to automatically receive re-tasking and patches during recharging. More specifically, the invention relates to a nesting device to which each robotic device must return periodically, with the robotic devices and nesting device sharing a protocol by which they negotiate a time slot for each robotic device.
"Robots have been the stuff of science fiction from the early part of the nineteenth century to the present. Now, however, many types of robotic devices have been realized and many more are being designed. Some of these are relatively fixed, such as a robotic arm to locate tapes in a tape library, and these can be connected to a source of electricity by a power line. For self-mobile robotic devices, a battery is generally included as a power supply that must be periodically recharged. For a self-mobile robot, periodic recharging of the battery is necessary and it has been suggested that the more capable a robot is of taking care of its own needs, the less of a burden it is on the infrastructure it serves. For instance, U.S. Pat. No. 4,777,416 to George et al., in its abstract, discloses a 'recharge docking system for a battery-powered mobile robot which senses when the battery charge is below a predetermined level and halts the travel of the robot at its next navigational node following which the robot independently plots and negotiates a path from the next node back to a base node at a recharge station, where the batteries are charged.' Thus, providing for automatic recharging is known.
"However, as self-mobile robotic devices infiltrate into the mainstream, a company or individual who utilizes robots can find themselves with a large number of robotic devices that require regular recharging. It would be desirable to have a device and protocol by which a large number of robotic devices can be charged by a single charging unit in the most efficient possible manner, i.e., without human intervention."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "A nesting device, system, and method are provided by which a number of disparate robotic devices can be automatically recharged and reprogrammed during self-scheduled time slots. The nesting device contains one or more recharging areas, which can be generic to serve disparate types of devices or can contain a specific connector for a certain type of robotic device. Because these nests must be visited on a regular basis, they can communicate updates or new sets of instructions to the robotic devices during recharging. The nesting device and the robotic devices are both provided with communications capabilities and a protocol by which they can negotiate to find a time slot in which the robotic device can be recharged and provided other information."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Kumhyr, David Bruce. Nesting Negotiation for Self-Mobile Devices. U.S. Patent Number 8326458, filed December 14, 2010, and issued December 4, 2012. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=29&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1425&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20121204.PD.&OS=ISD/20121204&RS=ISD/20121204
Keywords for this news article include: Robotics, Nano-robot, Machine Learning, Emerging Technologies, International Business Machines Corporation.
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