Nanotronics, a science technology company that has redefined factory control, today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 10,691,215, which covers the manipulation of objects, whether virtual or physical, through the use of sensing fields. Gesture or touchless control allows an operator to interact with a virtual or physical object without a control device. The patent, which was first applied for on February 2, 2015, covers safety measures related to the manipulation of multiple gesture controllers at once. These measures help operators pass tasks to one another in a contactless virtual control space.
“This patent is the full circle of humans and robots working together remotely and building collaboratively. It applies to manufacturing, telehealth, and many other fields.” Said Matthew Putman, CEO and Cofounder of Nanotronics. “We rely on human dexterity for so many tasks, and this gesture control IP allows us to use lead-motion intuitively: the operators, in one or multiple areas, and the materials in another, can pass off subsets of work to each other. Collaboration is fundamental to virtual factory control.”
Unlike computer keyboards, track balls, remotes and joysticks, which require an operator to manipulate a physical control device, gesture control is contactless and intuitive, relying on human dexterity alone. Gesture-controlled systems are gaining in popularity in the medical field due to the need for extreme precision.
“Think of non-contact sensors as an alphabet. A simple gesture would equate to a word, but this is only the beginning. What we have done is to create a grammar of gestures, and then we can apply these gestural sequences to interact with machines or virtual objects in the environment. In addition, we’ve allowed for multiple gesturers to join the conversation, to interrupt each other or pass control of the machine to each other,” said Paul Roossin, an inventor named on the patent and current CTO at Cortina Health Inc., an AI-based telemedicine platform. “As we grow the vocabulary and grammar for gestures, we can create new sequences and use gesture control in robust and novel ways. We are moving from a single simple gesture to a robust language for human-machine interfaces.”
Since the onset of the novel coronavirus, there is an even greater demand for contactless control and object manipulation. Increased safety measures and the necessity of virtual work are helping to make gesture control ubiquitous in many industries and even in areas of domestic life. This patent advances the field through the ability to create fluid virtual collaboration within sensing fields and physical spaces.
Nanotronics is a science technology company that has redefined factory control through the invention of a platform that combines AI, automation and sophisticated imaging to assist human ingenuity in detecting flaws and anomalies in manufacturing, an industry that has been stagnant since the 1950s. Deployed across eight countries and industry agnostic, Nanotronics works with leading-edge companies—from aerospace, to electronics, to healthcare—to drive up yield, reduce footprint and waste, lower costs, and speed up design iteration. For more information, visit www.nanotronics.co and follow @nanotronics.
Some statements in this press release are forward looking as Nanotronics continues to innovate and expand its patent portfolio.