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Mini-Robotic Survey

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116973D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rodriguez, SA: AUTHOR

Abstract

To produce as-built drawings of structures or more generally information for any 3D region, mini-robots are directed to explore the region.

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Mini-Robotic Survey

      To produce as-built drawings of structures or more generally
information for any 3D region, mini-robots are directed to explore
the region.

      Robots which roll can follow the edges of floors and detect
furniture positions.  Robots that walk can climb and explore stairs,
robots with sticky feet can explore walls, windows, light fixtures,
receptacles and describe furniture.  Robots could be placed into
areas that are not otherwise accessible (e.g., behind walls and in
ducts).  The robots could use a CPS and keep files of 3-D positions,
or transmit positions, or transmit a signal to allow the robots
position to be ascertained.  Also, the robots could take samples of
materials such as scrapings of concrete, metal, root, and standing
water.  The robots could carry other types of detectors.  The robots
could be programmed to be more independent or they could follow
transmitted directions as they explore.  The robots could be
specialized in both programming and capabilities so that simple
robots with simple programs could work together to explore all parts
of a region.  The position data would be fed into a CADCAM program to
verify the accuracy of drawings or to produce the as-built drawings.