Robotic vacuum with removable portable vacuum and semi-automated environment mapping

  • US 7,113,847 B2
  • Filed: 04/25/2003
  • Issued: 09/26/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/07/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An autonomous robotic vacuum (10), including:

  • a self-propelled controller (12), including;

    a vacuum source (36, 38);

    a dirt receptacle (32) in fluidic communication with the vacuum source;

    a controller processor (74) providing mapping, localization, planning, and master control functions; and

    a power source (56, 268) for distributing power;

    a self-propelled cleaning head (14) in communication with the controller, the cleaning head including;

    a suction inlet (24) in fluidic communication with the dirt receptacle; and

    a cleaning processor (90) providing slave control functions; and

    an interconnecting hose (16) connecting the cleaning head to the controller and providing a suction airflow path from the suction inlet to the dirt receptacle;

    wherein the controller and cleaning head cooperatively traverse a surface area in tandem when the interconnecting hose is connected between the cleaning head and the controller.

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