Sony Group had 111 patents in robotics during Q1 2024. Sony Group Corp’s patents in Q1 2024 cover various technologies such as information processing for mobile bodies, stable grasping of objects by robots, medical observation devices for imaging inside living bodies, and robot devices for loading and unloading with fewer degrees of freedom. These patents showcase advancements in robotics, imaging, and control systems for various applications. GlobalData’s report on Sony Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sony Group grant share with robotics as a theme is 37% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Mobile body, information processor, mobile body system, information processing method, and information processing program (Patent ID: US20240103517A1)

The patent filed by Sony Group Corp. describes an information processing method for an information processor that involves obtaining information from a mobile body equipped with a movement mechanism and an imaging unit capturing image data. This information includes captured image data updated periodically, which is then used to generate route guidance information for the movement of the mobile body. The route guidance information includes multiple selectable routes and is based on the captured image data, position information of the mobile body, and data update time information.

The method outlined in the patent claims involves receiving information from a mobile body through wireless communication, where the mobile body has a movement mechanism and an imaging unit capturing image data. This captured image data, along with data update time information, is used to generate route guidance information for the movement of the mobile body. The route guidance information includes multiple selectable routes and is generated based on the captured image data, position information of the mobile body, and data update time information. This innovative approach combines image data with real-time positioning information to provide enhanced route guidance options for the mobile body.

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