Compact autonomous coverage robot

  • US 8,239,992 B2
  • Filed: 05/09/2008
  • Issued: 08/14/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/09/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An autonomous coverage robot comprising:

  • a chassis having forward and rearward portions, the forward portion of the chassis defining a substantially rectangular shape;

    a drive system carried by the chassis and configured to maneuver the robot over a cleaning surface the drive system comprising drive wheels;

    a cleaning assembly mounted on the forward portion of the chassis;

    a bin disposed adjacent the cleaning assembly and configured to receive debris agitated by the cleaning assembly;

    a bin cover pivotally attached to the chassis and configured to rotate between a first, closed position providing closure of an opening defined by the bin and a second, open position providing access to the bin opening;

    a body attached to the chassis;

    a handle disposed on an upper portion of the body; and

    a bin cover latch configured to lock the bin cover in the first, closed position and to disengage to allow the bin cover to move to the second, open position, wherein the rearward portion of the chassis defines a substantially semi-circular shape and an idler wheel is positioned at least ⅓

    the radius of the substantially semi-circular shaped rearward portion from the drive wheels, and the cleaning assembly is mounted forward of the idler wheel.

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