Smart sensors with local signal processing

  • US 9,993,248 B2
  • Filed: 03/06/2015
  • Issued: 06/12/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/06/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A device comprising:

  • an end-effector including a first sensor and a signal processing microprocessor corresponding to the first sensor;

    a handle including a microcontroller configured to receive processed information from the signal processing microprocessor and control the end-effector based on the processed information; and

    a second sensor configured to send second data to the signal processing microprocessor, wherein the second sensor is located at the end-effector, wherein the second sensor is separate from the first sensor,wherein the signal processing microprocessor is configured to process first data received from the first sensor located at the end-effector locally to generate the processed information to enable the microcontroller in the handle to use the processed information directly without further processing the processed information by the microcontroller in the handle, andwherein processing, by the signal processing microprocessor, the first data to generate the processed information comprises calibrating, by the signal processing microprocessor, the first data in response to the second data from the second sensor.

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