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Robots, systems, and methods for hazard evaluation and visualization

United States Patent

January 15, 2013
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Robotics – Intelligence Kernel
A robot includes a hazard sensor, a locomotor, and a system controller. The robot senses a hazard intensity at a location of the robot, moves to a new location in response to the hazard intensity, and autonomously repeats the sensing and moving to determine multiple hazard levels at multiple locations. The robot may also include a communicator to communicate the multiple hazard levels to a remote controller. The remote controller includes a communicator for sending user commands to the robot and receiving the hazard levels from the robot. A graphical user interface displays an environment map of the environment proximate the robot and a scale for indicating a hazard intensity. A hazard indicator corresponds to a robot position in the environment map and graphically indicates the hazard intensity at the robot position relative to the scale.
Nielsen; Curtis W. (Rexburg, ID), Bruemmer; David J. (Idaho Falls, ID), Walton; Miles C. (Idaho Falls, ID), Hartley; Robert S. (Idaho Falls, ID), Gertman; David I. (Idaho Falls, ID), Kinoshita; Robert A. (Idaho Falls, ID), Whetten; Jonathan (Denver, CO)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 553,794
September 3, 2009
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.