Automatic controlled cleaning machine

  • US 5,279,672 A
  • Filed: 06/29/1992
  • Issued: 01/18/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/29/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An automated cleaning apparatus, comprising:

  • cleaning means for cleaning a floor surface section;

    housing mean-s connected to said cleaning means and having a length, a width and a height with one of (a) said length and height and (b) said width and height defining a substantially planar side to provide a non-cylindrical enclosure;

    hardware navigation means for obtaining information relating to the position of at least one of said housing means and said cleaning means;

    control means contained substantially only by said housing means for controlling movement of said housing means and the operation of said cleaning means, said control means including;

    first means for determining position related information using said information from said hardware navigation means;

    second means for avoiding obstacles in the path of said housing means and said cleaning means, wherein said second means is used in avoiding predetermined obstacles in the path of said housing means and said cleaning means, said second means also used in avoiding obstacles whose presence is determined during movement of said housing means and said cleaning means while the floor surface area is being cleaned;

    third means for detecting whether obstacles are present to continued movement of said housing means and said cleaning means while the floor surface area is being cleaned;

    driving means for moving said housing means and said cleaning means, said driving means being connected to said housing means and including first and second driven wheels positioned on opposite sides of said housing means along said length thereof.

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