Ricoh had six patents in robotics during Q1 2024. Ricoh Co Ltd filed a patent for a display system that allows for switching between manual operation mode and autonomous movement mode for a moving body, with notification information displayed to represent the accuracy of autonomous movement. Another patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd is for a liquid discharge apparatus with a liquid discharge head, a second medium for forming test patterns, and a cleaner to remove the test patterns from the second medium. GlobalData’s report on Ricoh gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Ricoh grant share with robotics as a theme is 33% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Display system, communications system, display control method, and program (Patent ID: US20240053746A1)

The patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd. describes a display system designed to perform a predetermined operation on a moving body. The system includes components such as operation reception circuitry, display control circuitry, and a switching request transmitter. The operation reception circuitry receives a switching operation to switch between manual and autonomous movement modes, while the display control circuitry shows a location display image of the moving route and notification information indicating the accuracy of autonomous movement. The switching request transmitter sends a request to switch modes based on the received operation, allowing for seamless transitions between manual and autonomous movement modes.

Furthermore, the display system can incorporate learning-based autonomous movement, where the moving body can learn and improve its autonomous movement accuracy. The system includes accuracy calculation circuitry to determine the accuracy of autonomous movement based on location and route information, displaying this information numerically or visually. Additionally, a communication system is proposed, including the display system and the moving body, with components like self-location estimation circuitry, route information generation circuitry, and learning circuitry. This system allows for accurate estimation of the moving body's position and route, enhancing the efficiency and precision of autonomous movement based on learned data.

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