Remote control scheduler and method for autonomous robotic device

  • US 9,008,835 B2
  • Filed: 06/24/2005
  • Issued: 04/14/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/24/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A robotic system comprising:

  • a mobile robotic device comprising a processor;

    a stationary charging device to which the robotic device returns; and

    a hand-held remote device separate from the mobile robotic device, the hand-held remote device comprising;

    a start button configured to provide a wireless remote signal directing the mobile robotic device to immediately start an autonomous mission by leaving the stationary recharging device;

    a dock button configured to provide a wireless remote signal directing the mobile robotic device to immediately return to the stationary charging device; and

    three buttons of a button input configured, in a control mode, to provide a wireless remote signal of direct control commands to immediately move the mobile robotic device forward, left, and right;

    wherein the three buttons of the button input are configured, in a scheduling mode, to receive;

    an operator'"'"'s input of schedule information for the mobile robotic device to leave the stationary charging device to operate autonomously according to a delay determined by at least one of a selected time, a selected date, or a selected day;

    at least one transmitter for transmitting from the hand-held remote device to at least one of the mobile robotic device and the stationary charging device; and

    a switch to toggle the hand-held remote device between the control mode and the scheduling mode;

    wherein the processor on the mobile robotic device is configured to receive a command, representative of the schedule information from the hand-held remote device, and control the mobile robotic device to leave the stationary charging device according to the schedule information.

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