US Patent No. 10,716,177

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROL OF MOBILE AUTOMATION APPARATUS LIGHT EMITTERS


Patent No. 10,716,177
Issue Date July 14, 2020
Title Method And Apparatus For Control Of Mobile Automation Apparatus Light Emitters
Inventorship Feng Cao, Burlington (CA)
Harsoveet Singh, Mississauga (CA)
Sadegh Tajeddin, Mississauga (CA)
Assignee Zebra Technologies Corporation, Lincolnshire, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,716,177

1. A method of controlling light emitters of a mobile automation apparatus, the method comprising:controlling a depth sensor to capture a plurality of depth measurements corresponding to an area containing a support structure;
obtaining a support structure plane definition;
selecting a subset of the depth measurements;
determining, based on the subset of depth measurements and the support structure plane, whether the subset of the depth measurements indicates the presence of a sensitive receptor;
when the determination is affirmative, disabling the light emitters; and
when the determination is negative, controlling (i) the light emitters to illuminate the support structure and (ii) a camera to capture an image of the support structure simultaneously with the illumination.