Robot system

  • US 7,066,291 B2
  • Filed: 12/04/2001
  • Issued: 06/27/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/04/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mobile robot system for performing a plurality of separate operations, the robot system comprising:

  • at least one autonomous wheeled mobile robot having at least one wheel-driving motor and comprising a coupling hitch frame, the coupling hitch frame comprising a horizontal bar including at least two upwardly directed hooks,an on-board computer;

    means for navigation, orientation, and maneuvering in an environment with moving obstacles;

    a sensor system;

    a wireless communication system operative to receive and send signals; and

    a plurality of dockable operation modules and operative to be selectively coupled to the autonomous mobile robot to form an operation unit, wherein the autonomous wheeled mobile robot autonomously docks to the dockable operation modules, the bar being automatically lowerable to disengage from and automatically raisable to engage receiving means on each operation module.

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