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Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-005
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Small Business Information
2222 S FIGUEROA ST PH 2 LOS ANGELES, CA 90007-6601
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20056
Award Amount: $98,915.00


We have developed a robust, multimodal tactile sensing technology that has similar sensitivities and mechanical properties to the human fingertip. We will incorporate these sensing modules into a mechatronic anthropomorphic robot hand and develop computer software to perform exploratory behaviors and discriminate objects based on sensory feedback. This sensor is based on a biomimetic design and strategies. The world is full of tools and objects for which the human hand seems ideally suited. Not only is the human hand a highly evolved solution to many difficult problems, but the world has evolved to accommodate its strengths and weaknesses. Much of the emphasis on biomimetic design of robotic hands to date has concerned the mechanical linkages f?" the location and nature of rigid segments, articulations between them and linkages to actuators (bones, joints and tendons, respectively). But such anthropomorphism is no guarantee of success; achieving functionality such as dexterous manipulation will require the addition of sensors and sensorimotor control algorithms, which should also benefit from biomimetic design.

Principal Investigator:

Nicholas Wettels
Director of Research and Design

Business Contact:

Matthew Borzage
Head of Business Development
Small Business Information at Submission:

SynTouch LLC
2222 South Figueroa Ave. PH23 Los Angeles, CA 90007

EIN/Tax ID: 262961880
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No