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FIBER OPTIC TACTILE SENSOR FOR ROBOTICS APPLICATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
3445
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3445
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: FIBER OPTIC TACTILE SENSOR FOR ROBOTICS APPLICATIONS
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $473,000.00
 

Abstract:

WITH THE RAPID GROWTH IN THE APPLICATION OF ROBOTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, MORE SOPHISTICATION IN TACTILE SENSORS IS NEEDED TO AUGMENT THE CAPABILITY OF THE TYPICAL ROBOTIC MANIPULATOR/GRIPPER. THIS PROPOSED RESEARCH ENTAILSA NOVEL APPROACH TO TACTILE SENSING BY USING FIBER OPTIC SENSOR TECHNOLOGY IN ADDRESSING THIS NEED. BECAUSE OF ITS INTRINSIC ADVANTAGE OF NOISE IMMUNITY AND INTEGRABILITY, THIS FIBER OPTIC TACTILE SENSOR CAN BE IMPLEMENTED IN AN ARRAY CONFIGURATION TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPATIALDISTRIBUTION OF THE CONTACT FORCE AS WELL AS THE SURFACE TEXTURAL CHARACTERISTICS. THE THRUST OF THIS RESEARCH IS TOINVESTIGATE THIS FIBER OPTIC CONCEPT TO TACTILE SENSING BY DEMONSTRATING A SIMPLIFIED VERSION OF AN EXTRINSIC FIBER OPTIC SENSOR AS ONE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION ALTERNATIVE. THISTACTILE SENSOR CONSISTS OF A "SKIN" SENSING SURFACE WITH FIBER OPTICS ATTACHED, PROVIDING TACTILE INFORMATION CONTENTAS RICH AS THAT OF ROBOTIC VISION.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Joanna Jannson
Principal Investigator
2133713909

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corp.
3306 Dow Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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