Miniature robotic vehicles and methods of controlling same

  • US 6,548,982 B1
  • Filed: 11/17/2000
  • Issued: 04/15/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/19/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for traversing one or more surfaces with a ground-engaging, robotic vehicle, the method comprising:

  • providing a ground-engaging, robotic vehicle, comprising;

    a body, at least a first and a second ground-engaging member operatively coupled to the body, and a spring member coupled to the body, the spring member movable between at least a first, stored position and a second, extended position; and

    a retraction apparatus operable to move the spring member to at least the first, stored position; and

    energizing one or both of the first and second ground-engaging members so that the ground-engaging robotic vehicle is propelled across a surface.

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