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1. (WO2009015373) SELECTIVELY RIGIDIZABLE AND ACTIVELY STEERABLE ARTICULATABLE DEVICE
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Pub. No.: WO/2009/015373 International Application No.: PCT/US2008/071265
Publication Date: 29.01.2009 International Filing Date: 25.07.2008
IPC:
B25J 17/00 (2006.01)
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25
HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
J
MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
17
Joints
Applicants:
SRI International [US/US]; 333 Ravenswood Avenue Menlo Park, California 94025-3493, US (AllExceptUS)
GARCIA, Pablo [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
LOW, Thomas [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
CHAVEZ, Bryan [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
PRAHLAD, Harsha [IN/US]; US (UsOnly)
Inventors:
GARCIA, Pablo; US
LOW, Thomas; US
CHAVEZ, Bryan; US
PRAHLAD, Harsha; US
Agent:
DONNELLY, Kevin; Beyer Law Group 20450 Stevens Creek Boulevard Suite 200 Cupertino, California 95014 , US
Priority Data:
60/952,16226.07.2007US
Title (EN) SELECTIVELY RIGIDIZABLE AND ACTIVELY STEERABLE ARTICULATABLE DEVICE
(FR) DISPOSITIF ARTICULÉ, SÉLECTIVEMENT APTE À LA RIGIDITÉ ET ORIENTABLE DE MANIÈRE ACTIVE
Abstract:
(EN) A selectively rigidizable and actively steerable device is described. In one aspect, an articulatable device is described that includes a flexible inner tube having a first lumen, a flexible outer tube that receives the inner tube, and a multiplicity of overlapping, rigidizable scale-like strips. Each scale-like strip is coupled with the inner tube and positioned between the inner and outer tubes. Of particular note, the overlapping strips are actuatable between a non-rigidized state in which overlapping strips are slideable relative to one another and a rigidized state in which overlapping strips are not slideable relative to one another.
(FR) Cette invention concerne un dispositif sélectivement rigide et orientable de manière active. Selon un aspect, un dispositif articulé est décrit, qui comprend un tube interne flexible ayant une première lumière, un tube externe flexible qui reçoit le tube interne, et une multitude de bandes échelonnées, en chevauchement, et aptes à la rigidité. Chaque bande échelonnée est couplée au tube interne et positionnée entre les tubes interne et externe. Il faut souligner que les bandes en chevauchement peuvent être actionnées entre un état non rigide, dans lequel les bandes en chevauchement peuvent coulisser les unes par rapport aux autres et un état rigide dans lequel les bandes en chevauchement ne peuvent pas coulisser les unes par rapport aux autres.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, NA, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
EP2190635JP2010534571