06901624 is referenced by 147 patents and cites 21 patents.

A self-moving cleaner has a main body and comprises an intake opening for suctioning dust, an electric blower for generating airflow to suction dust, a dust receiver for collecting the dust suctioned by the electric blower, rollers driven by drive motors, a power source for supplying electric power to the electric blower and the drive motors, and sensors for optically detecting a distance to an obstacle. An enclosure surrounds the main body, the electric blower, the dust receiver, the power source, and the sensors, wherein the enclosure is transparent or semi-transparent, and the sensors transmit and receive light through the enclosure.

Title
Self-moving cleaner
Application Number
10/160015
Publication Number
6901624 (B2)
Application Date
June 4, 2002
Publication Date
June 7, 2005
Inventor
Atsushi Nakayama
Nara
JP
Masaichi Fukushima
Shiga
JP
Yasuo Oshima
Shiga
JP
Hidetoshi Imai
Shiga
JP
Tadashi Matsuyo
Shiga
JP
Masayo Haji
Hyogo
JP
Miki Yasuno
Osaka
JP
Hiroyuki Kayama
Osaka
JP
Hidetaka Yabuuchi
Hyogo
JP
Toru Odachi
Shiga
JP
Naoyuki Ohara
Shiga
JP
Kiminori Kato
Shiga
JP
Hiroshi Mori
Shiga
JP
Agent
Wenderoth Lind & Ponack L
Assignee
Matsushita Electric Industrial
JP
IPC
A47L 005/00
E01H 001/08
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