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SBIR Phase I:Artificial Hand with Internal Visual Feedback

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84681
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0638206
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I:Artificial Hand with Internal Visual Feedback
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0638206
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project proposes the development of a mini-manipulator -- ""Artificial Hand with Internal Visual Feedback"" -- for a wide range of robotic manipulations on the miniscale. Evolving from initial studies at UCLA, this device will be comprised of a four-finger pneumatically controlled manipulator that will be coupled with an imaging system. The use of silicon micromachining to fabricate multiple phalanges per finger, a fiber optic imaging and illuminating bundle, and micro optics will allow the entire device to fit into a two-millimeter diameter tube. This device, which will enable the precise handling of very small samples and provide immediate visual feedback to a human operator, will be an alternative to the robotic hands that provide only tactile feedback. There will be numerous opportunities to integrate the proposed mini-manipulator technology into industrial, and particularly medical, applications. A millimeter-sized, highly flexible, water/blood compatible, manipulation instrument with built-in visualization capabilities would be extremely valuable in microsurgical procedures. Such an instrument would find immediate use in gastric, ear-nose-throat, and particularly intravascular environments. The repair and inspection of small-scale mechanical and electrical assemblies, and the retrieval of fine parts, would also benefit from the ""eye-in-the hand"" capabilities of the proposed device.

Principal Investigator:

Vladimir M. Rubtsov
PhD
4242636316
sbirproposals@intopsys.com

Business Contact:

Vladimir M. Rubtsov
PhD
4242636316
sbirproposals@intopsys.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INTELLIGENT OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC
2520 W 237TH ST Suite B117 TORRANCE, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 954680779
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No