Patents by Inventor Harold Artes

Harold Artes has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210271262
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile robot, comprising: a drive unit which is designed to receive control signals and to move the robot in accordance with the control signals, a navigation sensor for capturing navigation features, and a navigation unit coupled to the navigation sensor. The navigation unit is designed to receive information from the navigation sensor and to plan a movement for the robot. The robot also has a control unit, which is designed to receive movement information representing the movement planned by the navigation unit and to generate the control signals based on the movement information. The robot has further sensors which are coupled to the control unit such that the control unit can receive further sensor information from the further sensors. The control unit is designed to pre-process this further sensor information and to supply the pre-processed sensor information in a pre-defined format to the navigation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: RobArt GmbH
    Inventors: Vladimir ALEXANDROV, Erwin MASCHER, Harold ARTES
  • Publication number: 20210154840
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein relate, inter alia, to a method for controlling an autonomous mobile robot which can operate in a first and at least one second contour-following mode, wherein, in each of the contour-following modes, the robot maintains a substantially constant distance away from a contour while it moves along the contour. According to one exemplary embodiment, the method comprises the following: starting the first contour-following mode, in which the robot follows the contour in a first direction of travel; detecting a dead-end situation, in which it is not possible to continue following the contour in the first contour-following mode without collision; starting a second contour-following mode, in which the robot follows the contour in a second direction of travel; and defining a criterion, the fulfilment of which terminates the second contour-following mode, and continually evaluating the criterion while the robot operates in the second contour-following mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Vogel, Harold Artes, Christoph Freudenthaler, Ivo Knittel
  • Publication number: 20210141382
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous mobile robot for carrying out a task in a local region of an area of application of the robot. According to one embodiment, the method comprises the following steps: positioning the robot in starting position within the area of application of the robot; detecting information relating to the surroundings of the robot by means of at least one sensor; selecting a region with a determined geometric basic shape; and automatically determining, based on the detected information relating to the surroundings, at least one of the two following parameters: size and position (also including the orientation/alignment) of the selected region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Erwin Mascher, Reinhard Vogel
  • Publication number: 20210131822
    Abstract: A method for exploration of a robot operating zone by an autonomous mobile robot. The method involves the starting of an exploration run, wherein the robot during the exploration run detects objects in its environment and stores detected objects as map data in a map, while the robot moves through the robot operating zone. During the exploration run, the robot carries out a partial region detection based on the stored map data, wherein at least one reference partial region is detected. The robot repeats the partial region detection in order to update the reference partial region and again checks whether the (updated) reference partial region has been fully explored. The exploration of the reference partial region is continued until the check reveals that the reference partial region has been fully explored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Dominik Seethaler
  • Publication number: 20210096579
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous mobile robot. According to one exemplary embodiment, the method comprises the storage and management of at least one map associated with an area of use for the robot and the navigation of the robot through the area of use for the robot, wherein the robot continuously determines its position on the map. The method further comprises the detection of a repositioning procedure, during which the robot carries out a movement that the robot itself cannot control. During this repositioning procedure, the robot detects information about its position and/or its state of motion with the aid of sensors and, based on the detected information, determines an estimated value for its position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: RobArt GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Michael Schahpar, Dominik Seethaler, Reinhard Vogel, Daniel Bartel
  • Publication number: 20210001480
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile robot is described having a propulsion module designed to move the robot in its surroundings, a control module designed to transmit control commands to the propulsion module, the control commands being designed to control the movement of the robot, and a security module designed to detect a dangerous situation, classing an actual movement of the robot as dangerous on the basis of predetermined criteria, and to change or stop the movement of the robot when the movement is classed as dangerous.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Erwin Mascher, Vladimir Alexandrov
  • Publication number: 20200397202
    Abstract: An embodiment relates to a method for controlling an autonomous mobile robot, comprising the following steps: controlling the robot in a treatment mode to treat a floor surface by means of a floor treatment module of the robot, detecting, by means of a dirt sensor mounted on the robot, a dirt sensor signal representing the soiling of the floor surface, and modifying the speed of the robot in response to the dirt sensor signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, David Conti, Christoph Freudenthaler, Dominik Seethaler, Reinhard Vogel
  • Patent number: 10860029
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous mobile robot for carrying out a task in a local region of an area of application of the robot. According to one embodiment, the method comprises the following steps: positioning the robot in starting position within the area of application of the robot; detecting information relating to the surroundings of the robot by means of at least one sensor; selecting a region with a determined geometric basic shape; and automatically determining, based on the detected information relating to the surroundings, at least one of the two following parameters: size and position (also including the orientation/alignment) of the selected region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Erwin Mascher, Reinhard Vogel
  • Publication number: 20200306989
    Abstract: Methods for an autonomous mobile robot are described. According to an exemplary embodiment, one method comprises the detection of information regarding the structure of the environment around the robot in the robot deployment area by means of a first sensor unit of the robot and the creation of a map based on the detected information. The method also comprises the measurement of a direction and/or a quantity of at least one physical vector field variable for one or more poses of the robot by means of a second sensor unit and the determination, based on the measurement(s) carried out for one or more poses of the robot, of a preferred direction of the at least one physical vector field variable for the robot deployment area (or a portion thereof). Furthermore, corresponding robots and robot systems are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Vogel, Harold Artes, Dominik Seethaler, Daniel Bartel
  • Publication number: 20200150655
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous, mobile robot which is designed to navigate independently in a robot deployment area, using sensors and a map. According to one embodiment, the method comprises detecting obstacles and calculating the position of detected obstacles based on measurement data received by the sensors, and controlling the robot to avoid a collision with a detected obstacle, the map comprising map data that represents at least one virtual blocked region which, during the control of the robot, is taken into account in the same way as an actual, detected obstacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, David Conti, Christoph Freudenthaler, Dominik Seethaler, Reinhard Vogel
  • Patent number: 10478037
    Abstract: A method for operating a self-propelling and self-steering floor-cleaning device is provided, wherein at least one map of at least one room to be cleaned is storable in a storage unit of the floor-cleaning device, as is a user-predeterminable cleaning plan having one or more cleaning tasks, wherein at least one cleaning task is associated with a particular room that is identifiable from a map, and the floor-cleaning device is placed in a room. In order to provide a method of this kind that enables efficient execution of the cleaning plan, when the cleaning plan is executed, the floor-cleaning device determines whether the room in which it is placed is the particular room, and, if the result of this determination is negative, performance of the cleaning task is not carried out, is interrupted, or is ended. A floor-cleaning device for performing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: robart GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Duenne, Michael Schahpar, Harold Artes
  • Patent number: 10362918
    Abstract: A self-propelled, self-steering floor cleaner is provided, including a cleaning device with at least one cleaning unit for cleaning a floor surface of a room having at least a section of an obstacle therein that is not in contact with the floor surface, a transmission unit for emitting radiation directed at the obstacle and the floor surface, a detection unit for detecting reflected radiation and providing a detection signal, a control unit coupled to the detection unit, and a chassis for movement on the floor surface including a drive unit coupled to the control unit, it being determinable from the detection signal whether a space and a cleanable floor surface section are present underneath the obstacle, the drive unit being actuatable to move the floor cleaner for cleaning the floor surface section, with at least one cleaning unit. The invention also relates to a method for cleaning a floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG, robart GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Hofner, Christian Wurm, Heiko Hoennige, Barbara Pfister, Markus Duenne, Norman Kohler, Heiko Blumhardt, Michael Schahpar, Harold Artes
  • Publication number: 20190094869
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous mobile robot for carrying out a task in a local region of an area of application of the robot. According to one embodiment, the method comprises the following steps: positioning the robot in starting position within the area of application of the robot; detecting information relating to the surroundings of the robot by means of at least one sensor; selecting a region with a determined geometric basic shape; and automatically determining, based on the detected information relating to the surroundings, at least one of the two following parameters: size and position (also including the orientation/alignment) of the selected region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Erwin Mascher, Reinhard Vogel
  • Publication number: 20190025838
    Abstract: An optical triangulation sensor for distance measurement is described herein. In accordance with one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a light source for the generation of structured light, an optical reception device, at least one attachment element and a carrier with a first groove on a lateral surface of the carrier, wherein the light source and/or optical reception device is at least partially arranged in the first groove and is held in place on the carrier by the attachment element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: RobArt GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Michael Schahpar, Dominik Seethaler, Reinhard Vogel
  • Publication number: 20180292827
    Abstract: A system comprising at least one autonomous mobile robot (service robot) and at least one mobile terminal for controlling the robot. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, the robot and the mobile terminal are designed to communicate via at least a first wireless connection. The robot is designed to detect information regarding the location of a user (e.g. on the basis of the location of the terminal) and to decide as a function of the detected information regarding the location whether and, if yes, which information is sent to the mobile terminal and/or whether and, if yes, which actions are carried out, interrupted, continued or terminated by the robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: RobArt GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Reinhard Berlach, Erwin Mascher, Reinhard Vogel
  • Publication number: 20180267552
    Abstract: A method for processing a surface of an area to be processed using an autonomous mobile robot. The method includes the steps of controlling the robot in order to process the area according to a first processing pattern, monitoring a region in the surroundings of the robot, wherein the region has a fixed position relative to the robot, and controlling the robot in order to process the area according to a second processing pattern if a reachable and unprocessed region is detected in the monitored region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: RobArt GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, David Conti, Christoph Freudenthaler, Erwin Mascher, Reinhard Vogel
  • Publication number: 20180180738
    Abstract: An optical triangulation sensor for distance measurement is described herein. In accordance with one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a light source for the generation of structured light, an optical reception device, at least one attachment element and a carrier with a first groove on a lateral surface of the carrier, wherein the light source and/or optical reception device is at least partially arranged in the first groove and is held in place on the carrier by the attachment element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: RobArt GmbH
    Inventors: Vladimir Alexandrov, Harold Artés, Christoph Freudenthaler, Michael Schahpar
  • Patent number: 9984558
    Abstract: A system has a mobile robot for autonomously performing activities and a statically fitted alarm installation for monitoring an area. Accordingly, the robot and the alarm installation communicate with one another via a communication link. The mobile self-propelled robot uses a map of the environment to navigate across a floor space through at least a portion of the area and to locate its position on the map. Triggering of an alarm by the alarm installation is prevented when the robot moves into the area to be monitored. The triggering of the alarm by the alarm installation is made possible again when the robot moves out of the area to be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: RobArt GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Michael Schahpar, Kai Iskratsch
  • Publication number: 20170071436
    Abstract: A self-propelled, self-steering floor cleaner is provided, including a cleaning device with at least one cleaning unit for cleaning a floor surface of a room having at least a section of an obstacle therein that is not in contact with the floor surface, a transmission unit for emitting radiation directed at the obstacle and the floor surface, a detection unit for detecting reflected radiation and providing a detection signal, a control unit coupled to the detection unit, and a chassis for movement on the floor surface including a drive unit coupled to the control unit, it being determinable from the detection signal whether a space and a cleanable floor surface section are present underneath the obstacle, the drive unit being actuatable to move the floor cleaner for cleaning the floor surface section, with at least one cleaning unit. The invention also relates to a method for cleaning a floor surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Christian Hofner, Christian Wurm, Heiko Hoennige, Barbara Pfister, Markus Duenne, Norman Kohler, Heiko Blumhardt, Michael Schahpar, Harold Artes
  • Patent number: 9527212
    Abstract: A mobile self-propelled robot for autonomously carrying out actions. The robot includes a drive module for moving the robot over a floor area; a processing module for carrying out the activities during a processing stage; at least one sensor module for detecting information relating to the structure of the surroundings; a detector module configured to detect a displacement of the robot prior to or during the processing stage. Further, the robot includes a navigation module configured to navigate the robot over the floor area during the processing stage using a map of the surroundings, to store and manage one or more maps of the surroundings, and to carry out a self-positioning process if the detector module has detected a displacement of the robot. During the self-positioning process, the presence and the location of the robot within the stored maps are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Robart GmbH
    Inventors: Harold Artes, Dominik Seethaler, Michael Schahpar