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Method to Share Domestic Autonomous Robots and Determine Dynamic Cost Sharing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246550D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to schedule and track the sharing of autonomous robots and the costs associated with the use.

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Method to Share Domestic Autonomous Robots and Determine Dynamic Cost Sharing

Currently available domestic robots can vacuum homes, clean pools, clean gutters, and cut grass. With the growth of the market, many more types of robots are expected to emerge. Some robots will have special functions, while others will offer more versatility and apply fuzzy logic to complete complex tasks.

The novel contribution is a method to schedule and track the sharing of autonomous robots and the costs associated with the use.

The process for implementing the proposed method in a preferred embodiment follow.


1. User creates a list of tasks for the robot to complete. Each task may have a:

A. Deadline

B. Scope of work (e.g., vacuuming seven rooms)

C. Location (e.g., user's home)

    D. Recurring timeframe 2. System determines availability of robotic assistants needed to accomplish the tasks. In part, the elements are:

A. Capabilities of each assistant

B. Existing schedule for each assistant
C. Prioritization based on current usage D. Recharging/fueling needs
E. Upcoming events for the user. For instance, if the user has a party planned at the home location for the following Saturday, the system can trigger a number of tasks that need to be accomplished prior to that day.

3. Cost for the work item is determined based upon:

A. Time of use

B. Travel involved
C. Work item type. Some work types will have a greater degree of wear and tear than others will. This can be set in the system prior t...