Debris sensor for cleaning apparatus

  • US 6,956,348 B2
  • Filed: 01/28/2004
  • Issued: 10/18/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/28/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An autonomous cleaning apparatus, comprising:

  • a drive system operable to enable movement of the cleaning apparatus;

    a controller in communication with the drive system, the controller including a processor operable to control the drive system to provide at least one pattern of movement of the cleaning apparatus; and

    a debris sensor responsive to debris being collected by the apparatus for generating a debris signal indicating that the cleaning apparatus is collecting debris;

    wherein the processor is responsive to the debris signal to (1) select an operative mode of the cleaning apparatus and (2) steer the cleaning apparatus toward an area containing debris.

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