Autonomous robot auto-docking and energy management systems and methods

  • US 9,215,957 B2
  • Filed: 09/03/2014
  • Issued: 12/22/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/21/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An autonomous cleaning robot, comprising:

  • an undercarriage;

    a wheel extending from the undercarriage toward a ground surface to support at least a portion of the mobile device above the ground surface;

    an energy storage unit supported by the undercarriage and configured to be charged while the robot is positioned at a base station;

    a navigational control system configured to direct the robot about a room, including mapping the room with respect to walls and objects as points of reference, and to monitor an amount of room remaining to be cleaned;

    wherein the robot is configured to control charging as a function of the amount of room remaining to be cleaned.

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