Obstacle following sensor scheme for a mobile robot

  • US 9,446,521 B2
  • Filed: 06/06/2014
  • Issued: 09/20/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A robot comprising:

  • a robot housing;

    a drive system housed by the robot housing and configured to maneuver the robot with respect to an obstacle;

    at least one sensor component housed in the robot housing and directed outwardly for detecting the presence of the obstacle, the sensor component comprising;

    an emitter that emits a directed signal having a defined field of emission; and

    a detector having a defined field of view directed to intersect the field of emission of the emitter, the intersection of the field of emission and the field of view defining a volume of intersection space laterally adjacent the robot housing; and

    a circuit in communication with the detector and the drive system for maneuvering the robot and the intersection space as a function of the orientation of the robot with respect to the obstacle as determined by detection of the signal in the intersection space.

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