The US Patent & Trademark Office recently issued the fourth patent on April 16, 2019 to Motus Labs, Patent # US 10,260,606 B2 for an Improved Gearbox Mechanism. The applicant for the patent is Motus Labs, LLC, and the inventor, Carlos A. Hoefken, is the CTO and Founder. The three prior patents are #US 10,240,666 B2 Gearbox Mechanism, #US 10,151,375 for a Motorized Gearbox Mechanism and the first Motus Labs patent was issued on February 16, 2016, #US 9,261,176.
The improved gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated gear block assemblies, which transfer power from a power shaft to a secondary or output gear element. Each gear block assembly includes a gear block having a surface that periodically interfaces with a secondary or output gear element. In a preferred embodiment the interface surface comprises a plurality of projections or teeth which correspond to complementary projections or gear teeth on the output gear element. Each gear block assembly further includes a plurality of linkage assemblies, which connect or link the gear block to a cam assembly, which in turn is connected to a power source. The cam assembly includes about its circumference a unique pathway or groove for each linkage assembly of a particular gear block assembly so that the movement of the gear block may be controlled in two dimensions in accordance with a certain design parameter.