Rolls-Royce had eight patents in robotics during Q1 2024. Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc filed a patent for a sensing system designed for a continuum arm robot, featuring a camera ring system with forward-facing cameras that provide a view along the axis of the robot towards the tip. GlobalData’s report on Rolls-Royce gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Rolls-Royce grant share with robotics as a theme is 12% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Sensing in continuum robots (Patent ID: US20240051159A1)

The patent filed by Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc describes a sensing system for a continuum arm robot that includes at least one camera ring system mounted on the robot, with forward-facing cameras that face towards the tip of the robot. The system may also include additional cameras mounted in the tip of the robotic arm, optical markers on the camera ring systems, side-facing cameras, LED illumination systems, and a computer for processing images to determine the shape and position of the robot. The camera ring systems can be retroactively added to a continuum robot and have a thickness between 2-10 mm, with 2-6 forward-facing cameras per ring system.

Overall, the sensing system enhances the capabilities of the continuum arm robot by providing multiple cameras for capturing images, optical markers for reference, and LED illumination for visibility. The system allows for accurate determination of the robot's shape and position, making it suitable for various applications where precise control and monitoring are required. The method of operating the robot involves inserting it into the operating area, recording images using the cameras, and processing the images to analyze the robot's movements and shape. This innovative sensing system can be integrated into a continuum arm robot to improve its functionality and performance in different tasks.

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