Debris sensor for cleaning apparatus

  • US 8,253,368 B2
  • Filed: 01/14/2010
  • Issued: 08/28/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/28/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An autonomous cleaning apparatus, comprising:

  • a chassis;

    a drive system disposed on the chassis and 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 steer movement of the cleaning apparatus; and

    a cleaning head disposed on the chassis;

    a debris sensor for generating a debris signal;

    wherein the processor implements a high power cleaning mode in response to the debris signal, the high power mode comprising elevating power delivery to the cleaning head.

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