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Company Information:

Company Name: Barrett Technology Inc
City: Cambridge
State: MA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (617) 252-9000

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,613,931.00 21
SBIR Phase II $4,886,608.00 9

Award List:

DESIGN OF A WRIST USING NEW MECHANISM TECHNOLOGY INVENTED FOR WHOLE-ARM MANIPULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend , Chairman
Award Amount: $49,955.00

DESIGN OF A WRIST USING NEW MECHANISM TECHNOLOGY INVENTED FOR WHOLE-ARM MANIPULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend , Chairman
Award Amount: $499,600.00
Abstract:
The proposed project is to design a modular wrist to support eva arm and hand grasping. the wrist design will beconsistent with the durability, low-bulk, and high-performance requirements of whole-arm manipulation by adapting mechanical-transmission technologies newly-invented for the wam… More

DESIGN OF A HIGH-PERFORMANCE MINIATURE (KNUCKLE-SIZED) JOINT DRIVE FOR EXOSKELETON HAND TELEOPERATORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr William T Townsend , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,966.00
Abstract:
The proposed project is to extend to teleoperator exoskeleton masters newly invented joint-drive transmission technology, recently patented by mit specifically for use with high-performance robots and teleoperators. combined with new fiber materials, these cabled transmissions/speed-reducers are key… More

DESIGN OF AN INTEGRATED ARM/WRIST/HAND SYSTEM FOR WHOLE-ARM MANIPULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

DESIGN OF AN INTEGRATED ARM/WRIST/HAND SYSTEM FOR WHOLE-ARM MANIPULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $499,971.00
Abstract:
This project will design a complete, integrated robotic arm/wrist/hand system. the components of this design will be properly matched to maximize the overall system performance. the integrated design will be consistent with the durability, low-bulk, and high-performance requirements of whole-arm… More

ZERO-G SIMULATOR FOR REAL OBJECTS IN ONE-G AIR AND VACUUM ENVIRONMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. William T. Townsend
Award Amount: $49,935.00

ROBUST ALGORITHM FOR ACQUIRING AND INTERPRETING CONTACT DATA VIA ACTIVE ROBOT EXPLORATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William T Townsend
Award Amount: $64,892.00
Abstract:
A new generation of robots driven by high-bandwidth, backdrivable transmissions and high-performance brushless dc motors presents the opportunity for improving the flow of force data back to the controller without additional force sensors. an innovative algorithm for determining contact geometry… More

Intrinsically Safe Telerobot

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend , President/ceo
Award Amount: $69,888.00

Fail-safe,Human-Scale Haptic Robot for Monitoring & Maintaining Astronaut Health

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, CEO
Award Amount: $69,457.00
Abstract:
Barrett Technology, Inc. proposes to design and build a lightweight high-performance manipulator for micro-gravity muscle/bone strengthening and trauma rehabilitation with data quantification. The device will be used on board months-long interplanetary space-exploration missions. The enabling… More

Life-Size Haptic Device with Advanced Actuator-Drive Concept Providing Redundant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, CEO
Award Amount: $573,910.00
Abstract:
Barrett Technology, Inc. proposes to design and build a lightweight high-performance manipulator for micro-gravity muscle/bone strengthening and trauma rehabilitation with data quantification. The device will be used on board months-long interplanetary space-exploration missions. The enabling… More

Life-Size Haptic Device with Advanced Actuator-Drive Concept Providing Redundant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, CEO
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Barrett Technology, Inc. proposes to design and build a lightweight high-performance manipulator for micro-gravity muscle/bone strengthening and trauma rehabilitation with data quantification. The device will be used on board months-long interplanetary space-exploration missions. The enabling… More

Universal Telerobotic-Master Device with Advanced Feedback

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
70616 Alternatives for teleoperator master devices, needed for the clean-up of DOE facilities, are limited. Most are manipulator specific, and many do not provide force feedback to the user, which significantly reduces effectiveness in unstructured tasks. Those that do provide 6-axis force… More

Low-Cost Automatic Tool Fixturing Based on Dexterous Robotic Hand

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
72726S03-I Decommissioning and Deactivation (D&D) activities at nuclear facilities involves the disassembly of heavy concrete structures containing miles of steel pipes and other materials that must be cut up and removed from the inside of a sealed facility. For this purpose, a remotely controlled… More

Universal Telerobotic-Master Device with Advanced Feedback

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
70616S02-II Of the handful of telerobotic masters available, few provide force feedback to the user. This lack of feedback significantly reduces effectiveness in the complex and cluttered remote-work environments typical of DOE Environmental Management (EM) activities. In addition, these… More

Universal Telerobotic-Master Device with Advanced Feedback

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
70616S02-II Of the handful of telerobotic masters available, few provide force feedback to the user. This lack of feedback significantly reduces effectiveness in the complex and cluttered remote-work environments typical of DOE Environmental Management (EM) activities. In addition, these… More

Low-Cost Automatic Tool Fixturing Based on Dexterous Robotic Hand

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
72726-Decommissioning and Deactivation (D&D) involves the dangerous disassembly of heavy concrete structures containing miles of steel pipes and other contaminated materials that must be cut up and removed from the inside of a sealed nuclear facility. A rover-mounted, remotely-controlled robot arm… More

SBIR Phase I: Advanced Prosthetic Hand

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, PI
Award Amount: $99,843.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will develop a conceptual design for a context-based reflex-controlled prosthetic hand. This work would set the stage for full development of a dexterous prosthetic hand in which the reflexive hand motor control would be… More

Servo-Drive Amplifier for Micro-Satellite Superconductor-Levitated Flywheels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend, PhD, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
A new servo-drive technology is available to support energy storage and navigation for micro-satellites. Exploiting the ?pinning? effect of high-temperature superconductors, high-speed momentum wheels can be suspended in a stable condition that is virtually independent of speed (unlike magnetic… More

Universal Brushless-DC Motor Controller for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR is to adapt an initial prototype ultra-miniature high-performance brushless-DC-motor controller, code named 'Puck', for use by NASA across a wide range of motor drives. The Puck was recently developed by Barrett for terrestrial mobile-manipulation uses where efficiency, low… More

Broad Application of a Reconfigurable Motor Controller

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
An ultra-miniature (

SBIR Phase I: Methodology for Applying Haptic Robotics to Agile Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, Mr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will introduce a novel and general methodology for applying highly backdrivable robots and haptics in agile, small-production-run manufacturing. Application to spray painting will help to demonstrate, develop, and evaluate this methodology. The… More

Advanced Robotic Device for the Safe Rehabilitation for Stroke and Brain Injury

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: William T. Townsend
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): It is the long-term objective of this proposal to develop a cost-effective robotic rehabilitation machine that safely improves and accelerates a person's recovery outcome after a stroke or traumatic brain injury by enhancing neural rewiring. By the end of… More

SBIR Phase I: Low-Cost Ultra-Efficient 50-gm, 300-W Servoelectronics Module with Integral Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William O. Townsend, DEng
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will evaluate the feasibility of reducing manufacturing cost by an order of magnitude of a power efficient ultra-miniature, brushless servo-electronics module. The module integrates rotor-position sensing for high-performance… More

SBIR Phase II: Methodology for Applying Haptic Robotics to Agile Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William K. Townsend, DEng
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase-II research project addresses safety, user -interface, and performance challenges uncovered in Phase I while adapting a haptic robot to the manufacturing environment for medium-production-run paint spraying. Haptics is an exciting field, but… More

SBIR Phase I: Force-Controlled Robotic Arm Capable of Sub-Millimeter Precision

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, DEng
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes a portable, interactive Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for geometric data collection consistent with statistical sampling of a series of parts. The innovation exploits a characteristic of cable drives that supports precise… More

SBIR Phase I: Agile Humanoid Healthcare Robot with Puck-Based Power Regeneration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, DEng
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes a robotic solution to ease the growing shortage of nurses and related healthcare workers. The envisioned robot will have a small-footprint, 2-wheel balancing base; a pair of dexterous manipulator arms with hands; a… More

SBIR Phase II: Low-Cost Ultra-Efficient 50-gm, 300-W Servoelectronics Module with Integral Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Townsend, DEng
Award Amount: $516,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase-II research project aims to cut the manufacturing cost of an innovative power-efficient ultra-miniature, brushless-servo-electronics module from $1,000 to $100. The module integrates all rotor-position sensing, vector-based commutation, controls,… More

SBIR Phase I:A Resilient and Underactuated Robotic Hand Capable of Both Power and Precision Grasping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: David D. Wilkinson, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes a robotic grasper based on a novel torque switching mechanism, and a structurally compliant finger with embedded sensing. Robotic hands in industry tend to be fragile and lack the dexterity to perform a wide range of grasping… More

SBIR Phase II: Force-Controlled Robotic Arm Capable of Sub-Millimeter Precision

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Townsend
Award Amount: $481,971.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes a portable, interactive Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for geometric data collection consistent with statistical sampling of a series of parts. The innovation exploits a characteristic of cable drives that supports precise… More

SBIR Phase II: A Resilient and Underactuated Robotic Hand Capable of Both Power and Precision Grasping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: David D. Wilkinson
Award Amount: $465,156.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project proposes a robotic hand based on a novel torque-switching mechanism and patented miniature motor controllers. The mechanism actively channels motor torque along different transmission paths and enables dependant and independent (time-discreet)… More