Global Patent Index - EP 1098587 A1

EP 1098587 A1 2001-05-16 - HOUSEHOLD ROBOT FOR THE AUTOMATIC SUCTION OF DUST FROM THE FLOOR SURFACES

Title (en)

HOUSEHOLD ROBOT FOR THE AUTOMATIC SUCTION OF DUST FROM THE FLOOR SURFACES

Title (de)

HAUSHALTSROBOTER ZUM AUTOMATISCHEN STAUBSAUGEN VON BODENFLÄCHEN

Title (fr)

ROBOT MENAGER POUR ASPIRATION AUTOMATIQUE DE LA POUSSIERE SUR DES SOLS

Publication

EP 1098587 A1 (DE)

Application

EP 99948679 A

Priority

  • DE 9902276 W
  • DE 19836093 A
  • DE 19916427 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0007492A1] The present invention is used for the complete and fully automatic examination of floor surfaces of all kind as well as for a particularly efficient suction of dust therefrom since the lower areas, the edges and the recesses can be detected. In each case, the robot is controlled so as to explore the adjacent area and to detect the potential obstacles using special sensors before storing them in a data field. The displacement towards a new location is then carried out using the stored data until the whole accessible surface has been covered. One of the main constituent members of the robot consists of an extensible arm that rests on the robot and on which contact and range sensors are arranged. When the robot is used as an automatic vacuum cleaner, an air flow is forced into the robot arm and the cleaning effect can further be enhanced by providing one or more circular rotary brushes at the front end of the arm. This invention can essentially be used for domestic or industrial cleaning purposes with a view to replace traditional vacuum cleaners.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

A47L 11/40

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

A47L 5/30 (2006.01); A47L 11/12 (2006.01); G05D 1/02 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

A47L 11/4011 (2013.01); A47L 5/30 (2013.01); A47L 11/12 (2013.01); A47L 11/4038 (2013.01); A47L 11/4044 (2013.01); G05D 1/0219 (2013.01); G05D 1/0227 (2013.01); G05D 1/0274 (2013.01); A47L 2201/04 (2013.01); G05D 1/0255 (2013.01); G05D 2201/0215 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 0007492 A1 20000217; EP 1098587 A1 20010516; US 2001004719 A1 20010621; US 6370453 B2 20020409

INPADOC legal status


2004-10-06 [18R] REFUSED

- Effective date: 20040510

2002-11-06 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20020918

2001-05-16 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20010226

2001-05-16 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE