Autonomous floor-cleaning robot

CAFC
  • US 8,474,090 B2
  • Filed: 08/29/2008
  • Issued: 07/02/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/03/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A floor cleaning robot comprising:

  • a housing and a chassis;

    wheels and at least one motor to drive the wheels disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to move the floor cleaning robot across a floor, each of the wheels being attached to the chassis via a respective arm having a distal end and a proximal end;

    a control module disposed within the housing and directing movement of the floor cleaning robot across the floor;

    at least one sensor for detecting an obstacle and communicating obstacle information to the control module so that the control module can cause the floor cleaning robot to react to the obstacle;

    a removable bin disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to receive particulates; and

    a first rotating member configured to direct particulates toward the bin,wherein one of the wheels is rotatably attached to the distal end of each arm, and the proximal end of each arm is pivotably attached to the chassis,wherein each wheel is biased to an extended position away from the robot chassis by a spring extending between the arm and the robot chassis, andwherein, during cleaning, the weight of the floor cleaning robot overcomes a force from the spring biasing the wheels to an extended position.

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