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Controlbot Intellectual Property


Patent 6,658,325 (text): Mobile robot with web server and digital radio links
The invention is a computerized mobile robot with an onboard internet web server, and a capability of establishing a first connection to a remote web browser on the internet for robotic control purposes, and a capability of establishing a second short range bi-directional digital radio connection to one or more nearby computerized digital radio equipped devices external to the robot.  The short-range bi-directional digital radio connection will typically have a maximum range of about 300 feet.  In a preferred embodiment, this short-range wireless digital connection will use the 2.4 gHz band and digital protocols following the IEEE 802.11, 802.15, or other digital communications protocol.  By employing the proper set of external short-range digital radio devices capable of interfacing with the robot (such as sensors, mechanical actuators, appliances, and the like), a remote user on the internet may direct the robot to move within range of the external devices, discover their functionality, and send and receive commands and data to the external devices through the robot’s onboard web server.

1. A mobile robot with an onboard web server, telecommunications means to link the onboard web server with the internet, and onboard telecommunications means to establish additional short-range bi-directional digital radio links with a plurality of non internet connected external computer controlled devices; wherein the mobile robot, under control by commands sent over the internet, travels into the vicinity of one or more of the external computer controlled devices and establishes a direct bi-directional, short-range, digital radio link with the external device.

This patent has been frequently cited by other robotics patents.



Patent 7,096,090 (text): Mobile robotic router with web server and digital radio links
The invention is a computerized mobile robotic router with an onboard internet web server, and a capability of establishing a first connection to a remote web browser on the internet for robotic control purposes, and a capability of establishing a second short range bi-directional digital radio connection to one or more nearby digital radio equipped computers or devices external to the robot.  The short-range bi-directional digital radio connection will typically have a maximum range of about 300 feet.  In a preferred embodiment, this short-range wireless digital connection will use the 2.4 gHz band and digital protocols following the IEEE 802.11, 802.15, or other digital communications protocol.  By employing the proper set of external short-range digital radio devices capable of interfacing with the robot (such as sensors, mechanical actuators, appliances, and the like), a remote user on the internet may direct the robot to move within range of the external devices or computers, and connect these devices or computers to the internet.

This patent extends the basic teaching of the '325 patent to more fully cover all types of router functionality between bidirectional radio communicating devices.

5. A mobile robot with an onboard web server, and onboard router; telecommunications means to link the onboard web server and router with the Internet; telecommunications means to establish additional short-range bi-directional digital radio links with a plurality of local units selected from the group consisting of external computers, RFID tags, or microprocessor-controlled devices: wherein the mobile robot performs one or more functions selected from the group consisting of: (A) establishing a link with the internet, traveling into the vicinity of one or more of the local units, establishing a bi-directional short-range, digital radio link with these local units, and relaying data packets between these local units and the internet; (B) establishing a bi-directional, short-range, digital radio link with a local unit, and then traveling into range of an internet connection, and relaying data packets between these local units and the internet.



Patent 7,174,238 (text): Mobile robotic system with web server and digital radio links
The invention is a computerized mobile robot with an onboard internet web server, and a capability of establishing a first connection to a remote web browser on the internet for robotic control purposes, and a capability of establishing a second short range bi-directional digital radio connection to one or more nearby digital radio equipped devices external to the robot.  The short-range bi-directional digital radio connection will typically have a maximum range of about 300 feet.  In a preferred embodiment, this short-range wireless digital connection will use the 2.4 gHz band and digital protocols following the IEEE 802.11, 802.15, or other digital communications protocol.  By employing the proper set of external short-range digital radio devices capable of interfacing with the robot (such as sensors, mechanical actuators, appliances, and the like), a remote user on the internet may direct the robot to move within range of the external devices, discover their functionality, and send and receive commands and data to the external devices through the robot’s onboard web server.

This patent extends the basic teaching of the '325 patent to more fully cover simple passive radio controlled devices such as RFID tags, as well as ways to remotely administer such devices.

1. A mobile robot with an onboard web server, telecommunications means to link the onboard web server with the internet, said internet consisting of an interconnected system of networks that connects computers around the world via the TCP/IP protocol, and onboard telecommunications means to establish additional short-range bi-directional digital radio links with a plurality of external digital radio controlled devices: wherein the mobile robot, under control by commands sent over the internet, travels into the vicinity of one or more of the external digital radio controlled devices and establishes a direct bi-directional, short-range, digital radio link with the short-range bi-directional digital radio link controlled external device.

2. The robot of claim 1, in which the radio link from the robot to the external digital radio controlled device is used to power the external device, and the external device returns a digital radio signal to the robot.

3. The robot of claim 1, in which the external device is a radio frequency identification tag.


Patent application 20070061041: Mobile robot with wireless location sensing apparatus

A robotic navigation system for computerized mobile robot. Typically the robot, which may be in an unknown location, will have an onboard internet web server, a capability of establishing a first connection to a remote web browser on the internet for robotic control purposes, and a capability of establishing a second short range bi-directional digital radio connection to one or more nearby computerized digital radio equipped devices external to the robot. Typically at least some of these nearby digital radio equipped devices will have a known location. The robot can exchange short-range bidirectional digital radio signals with nearby devices that have a known location, and obtain location data to determine it's position. This location information can be used to assist in robotic navigation. The robot can also navigate to other objects, which also may have an unknown location, using a similar technique in which the object with an unknown location exchanges short range bidirectional digital radio signals with either the robot itself, or other digital radio linked devices with a known location (which then relay the object's location to the robot).


 

 
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