Coverage robots and associated cleaning bins

  • US 10,244,915 B2
  • Filed: 05/13/2013
  • Issued: 04/02/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A coverage robot system comprising:

  • a cleaning bin configured to be received by a cleaning robot;

    a bin capacity sensor system comprising;

    a signal emitter proximate a first side of an opening in the cleaning bin;

    a first signal detector proximate the first side of the opening in the cleaning bin, the first signal detector configured to receive a signal emitted by the signal emitter, the signal emitter and the first signal detector being disposed proximate to one another; and

    a second signal detector proximate a second side of the opening in the cleaning bin, the second side opposite the first side, the second signal detector configured to receive a signal emitted by the signal emitter; and

    a controller configured to monitor a signal from the first signal detector and the second signal detector and determine a cleaning service requirement, and transmit a third signal having information about the cleaning service requirement.

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