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Title:
RESILIENT AND COMPRESSIBLE ROLLER AND AUTONOMOUS COVERAGE ROBOT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2012/149572
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
A resilient compressible roller rotatably engaged with an autonomous coverage robot, the resilient compressible roller comprising: a rigid drive shaft; a resilient tubular member having a longitudinal axis and including an outer surface, one or more vanes extending outwardly from the outer surface, a hub disposed along the longitudinal axis of the tubular member within the outer surface, the hub having one or more engagement elements formed therein for engaging securely with the rigid drive shaft, a plurality of resilient curvilinear spokes extending between an inner surface of the flexible tubular member and the hub.

Inventors:
GILBERT, Duane, Leigh, Jr. (80 Black Brook Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045, US)
BURSAL, Faruk, Halil (32 Adams Street, Lexington, MA, 02420, US)
THERRIEN, Richard, Joseph (607 Union Street, Duxbury, MA, 02332, US)
MORIN, Russell, Walter (111 Locust Street, Townhouse #58Woburn, MA, 01801, US)
Application Number:
US2012/035894
Publication Date:
April 25, 2013
Filing Date:
April 30, 2012
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
IROBOT CORPORATION (8 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA, 01730, US)
GILBERT, Duane, Leigh, Jr. (80 Black Brook Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045, US)
BURSAL, Faruk, Halil (32 Adams Street, Lexington, MA, 02420, US)
THERRIEN, Richard, Joseph (607 Union Street, Duxbury, MA, 02332, US)
MORIN, Russell, Walter (111 Locust Street, Townhouse #58Woburn, MA, 01801, US)
International Classes:
A47L9/04; A47L11/40
Domestic Patent References:
WO2009149722A12009-12-17
Foreign References:
US20100037418A12010-02-18
EP0051996A21982-05-19
DE4400956C11994-10-20
US20040216265A12004-11-04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KRUEGER, Brett, A. (Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, 350 East Michigan Avenue Suite 30, Kalamazoo Michigan, 49007-3800, US)
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