The US Patent & Trademark Office recently issued a third patent on March 26, 2019 to Motus Labs, Patent # US 10,240,666 B2 for a Simplified Gearbox Mechanism. The applicant for the patent is Motus Labs, LLC, and the inventor, Carlos A. Hoefken, is the CTO and Founder. The two prior patents are #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.
Abstract for Simplified Gearbox
The improved gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated simplified 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 gear block, a torque lever arm, cam followers and/or a socket, 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.