Modular robot

  • US 8,584,307 B2
  • Filed: 12/08/2011
  • Issued: 11/19/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/02/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A coverage robot comprising:

  • a chassis defining one or more module-receiving receptacles;

    a plurality of mating connectors, each mating connector disposed in a respective module-receiving receptacle;

    a top cover carried on the chassis, the cover and the chassis defining at least a portion of an enclosed volume;

    an electronic controller disposed in the enclosed volume and in electrical communication with each of the plurality of mating connectors, the enclosed volume isolating the enclosed electronic controller from the one or more module-receiving receptacles;

    multiple drive wheel assemblies configured to maneuver the robot over a surface, each drive wheel assembly comprising a power connector, a drive wheel assembly housing, and a wheel rotatably coupled to the drive wheel assembly housing, the drive wheel assemblies each separately and independently slidable along a respective module-receiving receptacle to electrically connect the respective power connectors to the respective mating connectors.

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