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ROBOTS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR HAZARD EVALUATION AND VISUALIZATION

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.
Inventors: 

Curtis W. Nielsen

David I. Gertman

David J. Bruemmer

Miles C. Walton

Robert A. Kinoshita

Robert S. Hartley

Jonathan M. Whetten

Patent Number: 
US8355818
Patent Issue Date: 
February 15, 2013
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