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Photonic Robots

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76824
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
040983
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation
2363 Calle Del Mundo Santa Clara, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Photonic Robots
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ05JC02C
Award Amount: $69,995.00
 

Abstract:

To operate complicated tools and perform intricate repairs requires a manipulator of great precision and excellent coordination. An instrument such as the human hand is a perfect example; it is an organ for the reception of and reaction to tactile stimuli, a perception that guides the repertoire of manual functions. However, the integration of an analogous sensing suite into a robotic platform poses a major technological challenge. The "smart skin" solution IFOS proposes is 2-D sensor based on the integration of high-sensitivity embedded Fiber Bragg grating (FBG), a custom engineered composite material - Nano Particle Material (NPM) ? and data interpretation and on-board decision-making. This sensor will support multi-point strain sensing to control the force exerted by robot end-effectors or manipulators on an object, required by such operations as assembly, surface-machining and cutting. Our goal is design and control of an anthropomorphic manipulation prototype based on high-resolution artificial taction. Optical sensors promise particular advantages for a robot that can achieve high-fidelity force control and that can operate safely in contact with astronauts. FBG sensors are robust, highly accurate, and immune to electromagnetic interference. A network of such sensors can be integrated directly into the structure or skin of an anthropomorphic robot.

Principal Investigator:

Behzad Moslehi
Principal Investigator
4083288648
bm@ifos.com

Business Contact:

Behzad Moslehi
Business Official
4083288648
bm@ifos.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation
650 Vaqueros Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94085

EIN/Tax ID: 680323887
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No