International Business Machines had 23 patents in robotics during Q1 2024. IBM filed patents for a method to intelligently assign robotic edge devices for tasks, a system for improving robotic automation, a mobile charging station for recharging UAVs, predicting states from patient-caregiver biomarker data, and drone-assisted communications networks. These patents focus on enhancing efficiency and automation in various technological fields. GlobalData’s report on International Business Machines gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

International Business Machines grant share with robotics as a theme is 43% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Intelligent assignment of robotic edge devices in an edge computing ecosystem (Patent ID: US20240103519A1)

The patent filed by IBM describes a computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product for intelligently assigning robotic edge devices to perform tasks within an edge computing ecosystem. The method involves identifying robotic edge devices in a specific location, determining their attributes, identifying tasks to be performed, selecting a subset of devices capable of completing the task based on attributes, and assigning them to complete the task. The system includes a processor and storage medium to execute the method, while the computer program product contains instructions for the processor to perform the method.

The method further includes initiating and monitoring the subset of robotic edge devices during task completion, as well as reassigning devices if difficulties arise. Attributes considered for device selection include physical capabilities, computation latency, communication range, and geographic location. The tasks can be physical in nature and may involve moving objects using edge computation between devices. The system and computer program product mirror the method's steps, providing a comprehensive solution for intelligent assignment of robotic edge devices based on their capabilities and task requirements, enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in edge computing environments.

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