"In an embodiment of the present invention, a rifle mount has a cross-shaped receiver portion connecting to a clamping portion. The clamping portion is configured to removably grasp a throwable surveillance robot and the receiver potion is configured to removably engage a bayonet-receiving portion of a rifle.
"A feature and advantage of embodiments of the present invention is that a remote-controlled, self-propelled robot that may be readily available to soldiers and law enforcement personnel in the field can be adapted to provide a gun-mounted video surveillance source. This provides soldiers and law enforcement personnel, as well as other individuals who may be situated in a command station, the ability to monitor an environment using a surveillance robot attached to a rifle.
"Another feature of embodiments of the present invention is that it provides for adjustable positioning of the accessory in at least two perpendicular directions. This allows a user to optimize the position of the accessory with respect to the rifle in accordance with user preference. A further feature of embodiments of the present invention is the use of mechanical advantage to enhance coupling of the mount to the rifle. Yet another feature of the present invention is the reduction and/or elimination of structure which can result in mechanical failure during operation. In particular, the present invention utilizes the deflectable, resilient, and/or elastomeric properties of shaped materials to secure a desired accessory in position with respect to the mount while reducing complexity of operation for the user. In addition, the present invention is generally reversible to accommodate either the right or left dominant eyes of users. In particular, the mount can be positioned on either lateral side of a ride to avoiding obstructing vision of the user.
"A feature and advantage of embodiments of the present invention is that gun mounts and accessory mounting structure existing on rifles are utilized to carry mobile robots possessing surveillance capabilities. This allows an individual carrying the rifle to be able to readily position the robot and so that an individual accompanying the user or otherwise situated in a control center can monitor and/or direct operations. It is also a feature and advantage of embodiments of the present invention that it allows a user, such as a soldier or a SWAT team member, to obtain visual surveillance of an environment while maintaining the ability to accurately engage the surveilled environment with the user's weapon."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Kossett, Alex J.; Langdon, Ernest; Palashewski, Wade D.. Robot Mounting Device. U.S. Patent Number 8505230, filed
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