Embraer has been granted a patent for a flight simulator featuring a robotic arm with 7 degrees of freedom, a wraparound display, and projectors for an immersive training experience. The technology ensures visual system integration and precise positioning of the spherical viewing surface for realistic pilot training. GlobalData’s report on Embraer gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Embraer, Photovoltaic drones was a key innovation area identified from patents. Embraer's grant share as of January 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Flight simulator with robotic arm and wraparound display

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Embraer SA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11869387B2) details a flight simulator that revolutionizes pilot training. The simulator includes an aircraft cockpit with a robotic arm providing 7 degrees of freedom (DOF) supported on a linear rail. This robotic arm supports a wraparound display with a spherical viewing surface that can move with the arm. A tubular support structure maintains spacing between the spherical viewing surface and the pilot's viewpoint, ensuring a seamless experience regardless of arm movement. Projectors are used to display images on the spherical viewing surface, providing an immersive training environment.

Moreover, the flight simulator meets FAA requirements and can interchangeably support different cockpit configurations. The simulator also includes a visual server and processors to blend images seamlessly, compensating for any distortion caused by projectors or the wraparound display. The patent also covers methods for simulating flight using the innovative technology, including controlling the robotic arm to adjust the position and orientation of the spherical display screen. The method involves generating images of a virtual environment and projecting them onto the display screen for panoramic viewing by the pilot within the cockpit. Overall, this patented flight simulator offers a cutting-edge training experience for pilots, enhancing realism and effectiveness in simulation-based training scenarios.

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