PATENTS

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November 18,2019

Exercise Machine Reversible Resistance System

An exercise machine reversible resistance system for reversing the directional force of resistance against an exercise implement before, during, or after the performance of a routine of one or more exercises. The exercise machine reversible resistance system generally includes a frame, an elongated member movably positioned upon the frame, wherein the elongated member has a first run and a second run, a resistance device that applies a resistance force to the elongated member in a single direction, an exercise implement movably connected to the frame and a clutch connected to the exercise implement. The clutch is adapted to selectively engage the first run or the second run of the elongated member for selective control of the resistance direction of the exercise implement.

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien; Matthew

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August 27, 2019

Buffer Block Apparatus and Supporting Apparatuses

A buffer block apparatus for securing a node may be described. The buffer block apparatus may include a first surface having disposed thereon at least one first zero-point feature configured for a first zero-point interface with a robotic assembly apparatus; and a second surface, different from the first surface, configured to connect with a first surface of a node and form a first rigid connection between the buffer block apparatus and the node, wherein the buffer block apparatus provides at least one reference coordinate system with respect to the node.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew

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Aug 25, 2017

Apparatus and Methods for Connecting Nodes to Panels in Transport Structures

Apparatus and methods for joining nodes, extrusions, and panels are presented herein. Nodes, extrusions, and panels can be joined together using adhesive joining techniques. The adhesive joining techniques can be applied to additively manufactured nodes or extrusions, and sandwich panels. Sandwich panels can be additively manufactured and/or commercial off the shelf (COTS) components. There can be more than one type of a joint formed by the joining techniques. Exemplary types of joints can use a liquid adhesive in conjunction with a vacuum and/or a film foam adhesive.

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew

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June 3, 2016

Systems and Methods for Adhesive Injection for Node Assembly

A joint design to provide an adhesive injection path to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow. Adhesive can be injected into a connection space between the joint and the tube through one or more integrated structural features in the joint that can provide a channel for directing adhesive to the connection space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew, Omohundro, Zachary, Penmesa, Praveen

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August 31,2015

Exercise Machine Reversible Resistance system

An exercise machine reversible resistance system for reversing the directional force of resistance against an exercise implement before, during, or after the performance of a routine of one or more exercises. The exercise machine reversible resistance system generally includes a frame, an elongated member movably positioned upon the frame, wherein the elongated member has a first run and a second run, a resistance device that applies a resistance force to the elongated member in a single direction, an exercise implement movably connected to the frame and a clutch connected to the exercise implement. The clutch is adapted to selectively engage the first run or the second run of the elongated member for selective control of the resistance direction of the exercise implement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Praveen Penmetsa, Zachary Omohundro,Damon Pipenberg ​​

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May 15,2015

Modular Formed Nodes for Vehicle Chassis and Their Methods of Use

A joint design to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The joint may connect carbon fiber tubes and may be designed with different shapes and configurations. The joint may include acceptor ports that may mate with a tube and simultaneously contact an inner surface and outer surface of the tube for a strong connection. The joint may also include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Praveen Penmetsa, Zachary Omohundro,Damon Pipenberg ​​

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May 6, 2014

Sternboard Drive for Marine Electric Propulsion with Speed Control and Wireless Communication Connectivity

The present invention deals with electric sternboard drives for marine electric propulsion with speed control and wireless communication connectivity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew, Omohundro, Zachary

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May 7, 2018

Suspension System for One-wheeled Vehicle

A self-propelled, one-wheeled vehicle may include a suspension system configured to provide arcuate, generally vertical motion of a board relative to an axle of a central wheel assembly when the vehicle encounters obstacles and bumps on a riding surface. Illustrative suspension systems may include a shock absorber and a swingarm that couple the wheel assembly to the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew

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October 24, 2019

Systems and Methods For Joining Node and Tube Structures

Connections between nodes and tubes are provided. An apparatus can include additively manufactured first and second nodes, a tube, and an interconnect connecting the tube to the first and second nodes. An apparatus can include a node having an end portion with inner and outer concentric portions forming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew

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November 10, 2017

Stress-based Methd for Optimization of Joint Members within a Complex Structure

A method for fabricating a joint designed to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The method may generate joints with variable geometry and fine features which may reduce production costs, reduce production time, and generate joints configured for highly specific applications. The joint may include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew, Omohundro, Zachary

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Jun 30, 2017

Transmission Controller for Electric Vehicle Automatic Transmission

The present invention generally relates to automatic transmission controllers and related methods. In one case, the present invention provides a method of calibrating a controller to match an automatic transmission to an electric motor or internal combustion engine. The controller is not integrated into the transmission. The method comprises adjusting parameters of the controller and includes the steps of: a) Defining the Control Architecture; b) using the Defined Control Architecture to Identify Control Loop Input/Output; c) using the Identified Control Input/Output to Define the Control Algorithm Controller; d) using the Control Algorithm Controller definition to either Define the Shift Schedule or Define the Solenoid Handler, either of which can be used in Optimizing Calibration Via Testing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Pipenberg, Damon

 

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December 28, 2015

Open Bed Tailgate Extension

An extending tailgate arrangement is provided. The arrangement includes a tailgate and a linkage configured to extend the tailgate away from a rear end of a vehicle by a predetermined distance such that the tailgate contacts the linkage and does not contact the vehicle. The tailgate may be alternately opened in a conventional flip-down manner, and a sliding plate may be provided that covers the gap formed by the extending tailgate arrangement. In certain embodiments, a fence is employed with the tailgate arrangement to enclose the area formed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Tindall;Matt, O'brien;Matt

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June 30,2015

Systems and Methods for Fabricating Joint Members

A method for fabricating a joint designed to connect tubes for a space frame, where a space frame may be a vehicle chassis, is provided. The method may generate joints with variable geometry and fine features which may reduce production costs, reduce production time, and generate joints configured for highly specific applications. The joint may include centering features which may create a space between a surface of the tube and a surface of the joint through which adhesive may flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Praveen Penmetsa, Zachary Omohundro,Damon Pipenberg ​​

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May 7, 2014

Beverage Container with Recessed Top and Method for Using Same

A beverage container that includes a main body portion having an open top and a closed bottom, an interior, a circular rim and a first set of threads on an inside surface thereof that are positioned adjacent the rim at a first height. The rim includes a downwardly depending portion that extends below the first set of threads. The container also includes a removable cover with a bottom, a generally cylindrical side wall, an annular flange extending outwardly from the generally cylindrical side wall and an annular collar. The collar, the annular flange and the side wall define a first channel that receives the rim, and the bottom and the generally cylindrical side wall cooperate to define a cover cavity. The side wall includes a second set of threads on an outside surface thereof that are matingly engaged with the first set of threads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'Brien; Matthew, Penmetsa, Praveen

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March 14, 2014

Method and System for Detecting Battery Type and Capacity and Automatically Adjusting Related Vehicle Parameters

An electric vehicle and a method for adjusting vehicle parameters based on a type of battery modules inserted into a vehicle. A processor is configured to: receive at least one input parameter from the battery modules housed in the vehicle; determine at least a type (e.g., lithium or lead acid) and capacity of the battery modules in the vehicle; and adjust output parameters to a battery management system and one or more vehicle subsystems based on the determined type and capacity of battery modules. Accordingly, battery packs can be swapped without updating electrical software in the vehicle. A customer can alternate from one type of battery pack module to another more easily and can obtain cost savings. The method can be implemented using CAN bus protocol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Omohundro,  Zachary

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July 2, 2018

Suspension System for One-wheeled Vehicle

A self-balancing electric vehicle may include a board having a frame, and a suspension system including at least one four-bar linkage coupling opposing end portions of a hub motor axle to the first end portion of the frame. The four-bar linkage(s) may have a first fixed link connected to the axle, a second fixed link comprising the frame, and two pivotable links joining the first fixed link to the second fixed link, such that the board is configured to be movable up and down relative to the axle. A shock absorber may be coupled to the four-bar linkage(s) and to the first end portion of the frame, such that the shock absorber is configured to damp up and down movement of the board relative to the axle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 4, 2019

Systems, Devices, and Methods Related to Aircraft Cabin Module Structures and Transport

Embodiments of systems, devices, and methods are described that relate to module structures for use in forming a cabin interior of an aircraft. Many embodiments relate to a support structure including a lattice configurable to provide a standardizable frame for connection to the interior of the aircraft and to provide a space within the frame in which module fixtures can be positioned and secured to the frame. Embodiments of the support structure can include a floor with a number of structures and devices that can be used to provide support for the module and secure the module to the floor of the aircraft fuselage. Embodiments of transport systems for the modules are also described and such can be integrated with the floor of the module such that the modules transport mechanism, or a significant portion thereof, is contained within the module itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Almeleh, Justin, Herpy, Alex, O'brien; Matthew

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October 11, 2017

Suspension System for One-wheeled Vehicle

A self-propelled, one-wheeled vehicle may include a suspension system configured to provide arcuate, generally vertical motion of a board relative to an axle of a central wheel assembly when the vehicle encounters obstacles and bumps on a riding surface. Illustrative suspension systems may include a shock absorber and a swingarm that couple the wheel assembly to the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'Brien; Matthew, Penmetsa, Praveen

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August 31, 2016

Systems and Methods for Vehicle Subassembly and Fabrication

A vehicle chassis is provided. The vehicle chassis may comprise one or more vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures that are formed from a plurality of customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes. The customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes may be formed of one or more metal and/or non-metal materials. The customized chassis nodes may be formed with connecting features to which additional vehicle panels or structures may be permanently or removably attached. The vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures may be interchangeably and removably connected to provide a vehicle chassis having a set of predetermined chassis safety or performance characteristics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew, Omohundro, Zachary, Penmesa, Praveen

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November 10, 2015

Sternboard Drive for Marine Electric Propulsion

A watertight, transom mounted, electric marine sterndrive propulsion drive unit mounted to an external surface of the transom of a marine vessel comprising an integrated electric motor with an output shaft, an intermediate drive shaft mechanically coupled to the electric motor output shaft, one or more propeller shafts mechanically coupled to the drive shaft, and one or more propellers mechanically coupled to the one or more propeller shafts.

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew, Omohundro, Zachary

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March 18, 2015

Mobile Power Conversion and Distribution System

A vehicle carries an energy storage system that powers mobility of the vehicle. The vehicle further carries a direct current input coupling to be connected to a direct current (DC) electrical power source, a DC output coupling, an alternating current (AC) input coupling, an AC output coupling, and electronics carried by the vehicle to control both AC and DC voltage and power levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: Omohundro,  Zachary; Penmetsa, Praveen; Pipenberg, Damon

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May 7, 2014

Beverage Container with Removable Cover

A beverage container that includes a main body portion having an open top and a closed bottom, an interior, a circular rim and a first set of threads on an inside surface thereof that are positioned adjacent the rim at a first height. The rim includes a downwardly depending portion that extends below the first set of threads. The container also includes a removable cover with a bottom, a generally cylindrical side wall, an annular flange extending outwardly from the generally cylindrical side wall and an annular collar. The collar, the annular flange and the side wall define a first channel that receives the rim, and the bottom and the generally cylindrical side wall cooperate to define a cover cavity. The side wall includes a second set of threads on an outside surface thereof that are matingly engaged with the first set of threads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew

 

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May 14, 2013

Track Tensioner

The track tension of a tracked vehicle is actively controlled by a track tensioner system that is positioned behind or within an idler wheel of a tracked vehicle. The system employs no exposed hydraulic line and is operable to default to a passive tensioning mode in the event of a system failure. The hydraulic circuit of the track tensioner system is powered by the rotation of the idler wheel inside which the system resides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivo Inventors: O'brien;Matthew

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May 14, 2013

Suspension Systems for One-wheeled Vehicles

A self-balancing electric vehicle may include a board having a frame, and a suspension system including at least one four-bar linkage coupling opposing end portions of a hub motor axle to the first end portion of the frame. The four-bar linkage(s) may have a first fixed link connected to the axle, a second fixed link comprising the frame, and two pivotable links joining the first fixed link to the second fixed link, such that the board is configured to be movable up and down relative to the axle. A shock absorber may be coupled to the four-bar linkage(s) and to the first end portion of the frame, such that the shock absorber is configured to damp up and down movement of the board relative to the axle.