Robot confinement

  • US 7,579,803 B2
  • Filed: 10/30/2007
  • Issued: 08/25/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of confining a robot comprising:

  • providing a portable barrier signal transmitting device that includes at least a primary emitter;

    emitting from the primary emitter a confinement beam primarily along an axis defining a directed barrier;

    providing a mobile robot comprising a detector, a drive motor and a control unit controlling the drive motor;

    detecting by the detector the directed barrier formed by the emitted confinement beam;

    controlling the drive motor, based on the detecting, to cause the robot to avoid the directed barrier.

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