Hub for a modular intelligent assist system

  • US 6,907,317 B2
  • Filed: 02/12/2001
  • Issued: 06/14/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/12/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A multi-function hub for use in an intelligent assist system, the multi-function hub comprising:

  • a physical interface configured and arranged to be a central interface point for an operator;

    a computational node disposed on the physical interface, the computational node comprising programmable logic for implementing program controlled functions; and

    an input/output (“

    I/O”

    ) interface for interfacing with an information network and disposed on the physical interface, the I/O interface being adapted to communicate with the computational node on the physical interface and at least one computational node disposed on at least one other module within the intelligent assist system wherein the I/O interface communicates with the computational node disposed on the other module via a common data link, and the I/O interface uses a digital communication protocol to communicate with the computational node on the other module via the common data link.

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