Removing Debris From Cleaning Robots

  • US 20100107355A1
  • Filed: 01/14/2010
  • Published: 05/06/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/2006
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A cleaning robot system comprising:

  • a robot comprising;

    a robot body,a drive system supporting the robot body and configured to maneuver the robot as directed by a controller in communication with the drive system;

    a cleaning assembly carried by the robot body; and

    a cleaning bin carried by the robot body and configured to receive debris agitated by the cleaning assembly; and

    a robot maintenance station comprising;

    a station housing configured to receive the robot for maintenance, the station housing having an evacuation passageway exposed to a top portion of the received robot;

    an air mover in pneumatic communication with the evacuation passageway; and

    a collection bin carried by the station housing and in pneumatic communication with the evacuation passageway;

    wherein the station housing and the robot body fluidly connect the evacuation passageway to the cleaning bin of the received robot, the air mover evacuating debris held in the robot cleaning bin to the collection bin through the evacuation passageway.

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