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Licenses:


Availability
These patents are presently available for license, however the continued availability of licenses should not be assumed. If your business plans depend on access to this technology (e.g. if it would be detrimental if a competitor controlled this space), you may wish to take steps to keep this option open. To inquire, call us at (408) 348-1495, or drop us an email inquiry. We'll get back to you quickly with a response regarding potential license availability and terms.

Pending CIP's of the patents will continue to extend the utility of our technology to a number of other exciting and essential robotic applications.


Use with interactive video
In many applications, it may be desirable for the robot to show video of the remote user to local users. This helps local users realize that the robot is just another form of telecommunication device, and they interact with the robot and the remote user in a natural manner.

Robots with interactive video were described and published in the 1998 academic "PRoP" work of Paulos and Canny (icra98). This work describes a mobile robot with two-way audiovisual connections that is remotely controlled over the Internet by various types of broadband connections. Additional references and information can be found in Paulos' website and 2001 Ph.D. thesis.


Frequently cited!

Our patents have been cited by many other issued robotics patents (first group citing 6,658,325, second group citing it's initial publication number 2002/0173877, third group citing 2007/0061041):

7,620,476 Autonomous surface cleaning robot for dry cleaning
7,605,557
Mobile robot for sensing and decoding a surface coding pattern on a surface
7,496,070
Reconfigureable arrays of wireless access points
7,403,360 Central vacuum cleaning system control subsystems
7,389,156 Autonomous surface cleaning robot for wet and dry cleaning
7,370,087 Method and apparatus for providing access to a peripheral device management interface
7,358,697 Robot for marking an encoded surface
7,332,890 Autonomous robot auto-docking and energy management systems and methods
7,328,135 System for remote monitoring and control of an instrument
7,304,581 Mobile information apparatus and moving method therefor, and information system and position estimation method
7,302,312 Hardware abstraction layer (HAL) for a robot
7,272,945 Environmental condition measurement system
7,245,760 Robot for making an interface surface
7,199,711 Mobile floor cleaner data communication
7,174,238 Mobile videoconferencing platform with automatic shut-off features
7,155,308 Robot obstacle detection system
7,148,644 Marking robot
7,076,336 Hardware abstraction layer (HAL) for a robot
7,054,715 System, method, and program for robot control
6,895,306 Method and apparatus for controlling a tray changer incorporated in a robot control system
6,889,118 Hardware abstraction layer for a robot
6,782,285 Cable-free medical detection and treatment system
6,748,297 Robot cleaner system having external charging apparatus and method for docking with the charging apparatus

7,640,076 Remote control rover configured for viewing and manipulating objects
7,636,982
Autonomous floor cleaning robot
7,589,726
Service/device indication with graphical interface
7,579,803
Robot confinement
7,571,511 Autonomous floor-cleaning robot
7,567,052 Robot navigation
7,555,287 Reconfigureable arrays of wireless access points
7,459,871 Debris sensor for cleaning apparatus
7,456,596 Automatic radio site survey using a robot
7,448,113 Autonomous floor cleaning robot
7,441,298 Coverage robot mobility
7,430,455 Obstacle following sensor scheme for a mobile robot
7,429,843 Method and system for multi-mode coverage for an autonomous robot
7,389,156 Autonomous surface cleaning robot for wet and dry cleaning
7,388,343 Method and system for multi-mode coverage for an autonomous robot
7,332,890 Autonomous robot auto-docking and energy management systems and methods
7,328,135 System for remote monitoring and control of an instrument
7,313,763 System for operating an astronomical observatory in real time using http
7,302,312 Hardware abstraction layer (HAL) for a robot
7,155,308 Robot obstacle detection system
7,086,603 Data collection system having a data collector
7,076,336 Hardware abstraction layer (HAL) for a robot
6,920,376 Mutually-immersive mobile telepresence system with user rotation and surrogate translation
6,889,120 Mutually-immersive mobile telepresence with gaze and eye contact preservation
6,889,118 Hardware abstraction layer for a robot
6,879,879 Telepresence system with automatic user-surrogate height matching

7,613,543 Electronic demarcating system
7,593,030
Tele-robotic videoconferencing in a corporate environment
7,222,000
Mobile videoconferencing platform with automatic shut-off features

Companies that have cited our patents include Cisco, Evolution Robotics, HP, InTouch Health , iRobot, NEC, Nokia, PerkinElmer, Samsung, Symbol Technologies, and Toshiba.


Low cost robotic (mobile) internet WiFi webcams:

ConnectR, ROVIO, Spykee


 
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