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OPTICAL TACTILE ARRAY FOR ROBOTIC AND AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
5228
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
5228
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Flow Research Inc
21414 - 68th Avenue South Kent, WA 98032
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: OPTICAL TACTILE ARRAY FOR ROBOTIC AND AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $224,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE PROPOSED FIBER OPTIC TACTILE SENSOR USES VARIABLE BIREFRINGENCE TO PROVIDE A MUCH NEEDED ROBOTIC END EFFECTOR WITH SENSING CAPABILITIES INCLUDING PRESSURE, FORCE, TOUCH AND PROXIMITY. A TWO-DIMENSIONAL ARRAY OF THESE MINIATURE PRESSURE SENSORS PROVIDES A PLANAR TACTILE SENSOR. A MAJOR ADVANTAGE OF THIS SENSOR IS THAT NO ACTIVE ELECTRONICS ARE SITUATED AT THE ARRAY SITE. THUS, IT CAN BE USED IN EXTREMELY HARSH ENVIRONMENTS. A 3X3 TACTILE ARRAY WILL BE BUILT AND TESTED IN THE PHASE I EFFORT. PHASE II WORK WILL EXTEND THE NUMBER OF ARRAY POINTS AND INVESTIGATE FABRICATING THE DEVICE ON A LITHIUM NIOBATE SUBSTRATE. THISINTEGRATED OPTIC APPROACH WILL INCREASE SPATIAL RESOLUTION OF THE SENSOR AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FIBER CONNECTIONS.

Principal Investigator:


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Business Contact:

Roger johnson
MANAGER
Small Business Information at Submission:

Flow Research Company
21414 68th Ave S. Kent, WA 98032

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No