Canon had 42 patents in robotics during Q1 2024. Canon Inc filed patents for an information processing apparatus for simulation using a virtual model, a power transmission apparatus for wireless AC power transmission, a medical image processing apparatus for calculating moving support information, a 3D measuring apparatus integrating pattern projection and image capture, and a force sensor detecting external forces in multiple directions. GlobalData’s report on Canon gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Canon grant share with robotics as a theme is 47% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Information processing apparatus, information processing method, robot system, manufacturing method for article using robot system, program, and recording medium (Patent ID: US20240100688A1)

The patent filed by Canon Inc. describes an information processing apparatus that utilizes a virtual model for simulation purposes. The apparatus includes a processing unit that displays the virtual model and an operating portion on a display unit, allowing users to interact with the virtual model by changing setting information on the operating portion in response to user input. The claims detail various functionalities of the information processing apparatus, such as changing display conditions, positions, and magnifications of the operating portion based on user input, as well as displaying new operating portions in different areas interlocked with the original operating portion.

Additionally, the patent outlines features like maintaining display magnification of the operating portion when the virtual model is enlarged or reduced, displaying the virtual model in a semi-transparent mode for easier operation, and changing the position or posture of a virtual robot within the model. The apparatus also includes modes for operating the virtual model and changing display settings, as well as functionalities for indicating certain states of the virtual model through changes in display modes or shapes of the operating portion. The patent further extends to a robot system utilizing the information processing apparatus, a manufacturing method using the robot system, and methods for operating devices and displaying virtual models with augmented reality.

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