The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published granted patents for Samsung last week that cover a robotic suit for industrial applications and for the handicapped along with two medical devices. Samsung has said on a number of occasions that one of the next markets that they want to expand into is medical equipment and devices. The medical devices are only design patents while the robotic suit is a utility patent that was first invented back in 2015.
Granted Patent: Wearable Robotic Suit
On December 26th Samsung was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for a wearable robotic suit and the controlling of such a suit. In one or more example embodiments, the wearable robot is configured to detect a standing time point and generate an auxiliary torque for assisting muscle strength.
Samsung notes that wearable robot suits could have various purposes, such as for helping movements of disabled persons, the elderly, and the infirm by assisting their muscle strengths when they move, for rehabilitation treatment for muscle disease patients, for soldiers who carry heavy military gears, or for industrial sites in which workers carry heavy loads have been briskly developed.
Patently Mobile covered this invention and granted patent originally as a part of a couple of patents on this subject matter. Review our report for more details and graphics here.
Medical Device Design Patent Wins
Unlike "patent applications," design patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office don't reveal pertinent information about a particular design. We can look at the design and appreciate it for what it projects, but we'll never discover which materials may be used to construct the design. We'll never know what unique internal components may be hidden within the device or learn about any unique features that we could look forward to. All we get are simple patent figure visuals of what could be coming down the pipeline like the figures below.
In the first design it's clear it's a blood pressure cuff. What we don't know is if it's a next-generation medical cuff for your doctor's office or a new mobile cuff for adult consumers to use at home or on holidays.
Blood Pressure Cuff
Samsung's 'medical thermometer' that was granted a patent on December 26th is real gem but we're unfortunately limited to simple images without a single descriptive note as to how it works or what some of the unique elements consist of. It's something you'd expect to see in a Star Trek movie, to be sure.
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