Posts Tagged: Robots


Tesla continues to rack up patents despite Elon Musk’s supposed distaste for patents

For someone who avoids patents "whenever possible," Musk and his companies sure do seek patents on a lot of innovations. So why can't he just be honest …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 13

AI-Driven Innovation: Can & Should it Be Regulated?

Historically, legal decisions have dismissed the notion of a machine or autonomous program being the inventor. In fact, as a recent contribution to Lexology states, “Congress has …
By Andrew Armstrong
7 months ago 10

Trump picks automation supporting fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary

Automation technology in the restaurant industry, such as interactive kiosks that replace waiters by taking customer orders, is both a cost-cutting move and an investment in improved …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 1

Ethical, legal questions arise as scientists work to teach robots to feel pain

One way we use robots is the navigation of dangerous situations, in which robots perform tasks that would put a human worker at high risk of injury …
By Megan Ray Nichols
1 year ago 21

Autonomous robots report shows half of use cases are outside of self-driving car sector

To get a better idea of the scope of the autonomous robot market, intellectual property analysis firm Innography recently released a trends report focusing on the autonomous …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Autonomous Vehicles to Include Self-Driving Shopping Carts?

According to the patent application filed by Walmart, the system will utilize a series of docking stations, sensors, motors and cameras to offer consumers the ability to "…
By Renee C. Quinn
1 year ago 0

Canon already with more than 300 patents in 2016, pursues plastics and photoacoustic imaging tech

Our latest survey of patents issued recently to Canon include a couple of imaging technologies related to medical diagnostics, such as is the case with the imaging …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

EsoGlove, developed in Singapore, applies robotics to hand and nerve rehabilitation

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a robotic glove designed to improve patient rehabilitation after injuries or nerve-related conditions that may have affected a …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Blizzard response may be aided by salt-infused asphalt, robotic snow plows

Some tech firms are trying to go all-in on AI solutions for snow removal by developing autonomous, self-driving snow plows that could be deployed without human operators. …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

The Top 10 Patents Issued in 2015

2015 was a truly remarkable year for innovation and we saw major trends in self-driving cars, wearable technologies, digital wallets and much more. I hope you will enjoy …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 5

Disney loses TV subscribers but innovates in amusement rides and robotics

Through most of 2015, the Walt Disney Company had earned a total of 206 U.S. patent grants from all of its subsidiaries, with significant development in the fields …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Automation will cause worker displacement but will also create jobs

Google, now Alphabet Inc., is one of the world’s most valuable companies but employs only a tenth of the number of workers of past giants of …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Advances in farming robotics could address shortage in agricultural workers

With American farmers already heavily involved in the regulatory conversation involving the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, we thought that it would be …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Microsoft invents cloud-based driver warning systems, hover-based gaming controls

Microsoft is often found soaring high atop the intellectual property world in terms of the patents it’s issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Boston Dynamics develops walking robotic tech with stunning speed and stability

The patent portfolio of Boston Dynamics is small but it does cover some very intriguing innovations in the field. The company holds six patents issued by the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0