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AN INNOVATIVE DEXTROUS HAND EXOSKELTON

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
27205
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
27205
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ross-Hime Designs, Inc.
1313 5th Street South East Minneapolis, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: AN INNOVATIVE DEXTROUS HAND EXOSKELTON
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $75,000.00
 

Abstract:

DOE REQUIRES QUALITY SENSORY FEEDBACK FROM ROBOT TO OPERATOR: FINE MANIPULATION ACHIEVED THROUGH ROBOTIC HANDS CONTROLLED BY HUMAN-SIZED HAND EXOSKELTONS. THESE SIMPLIFY AND MAKE CONTROL MORE INTUITIVE WHEN COMPARED TO KEYBOARD OR JOYSTICK CONTROL. FORCE FEEDBACK TO THESE SMALL EXOSKELETONS REQUIRES SMALL VOLUME, HIGH EFFICIENCY, SEMI-LINEAR ACTUATOR MECHANISMS. THESE ACTUATORS PROVIDE HUMAN RANGE, FORCE, AND VELOCITY FEEDBACK TO EXOSKELETON SYSTEMS USED BY OPERATORS OF DEXTEROUS MANIPULATORS. THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A 12-AXIS DEXTROUS HAND EXOSKELETON (DHE) IS BEING INVESTIGATED IN PHASE I. THE DHE UTILIZES REVOLUTIONARY FORCE REFLECTING LINEAR ACTUATOR TECHNOLOGY AND A BREAK-THROUGH IN MECHANICAL JOINT TECHNOLOGY. THE APPLICATION OF ACTUATOR REINFORCED ELASTOMER LAMINATES REPLICATES THE FLEXIBILITY OF MUSCLES AND TISSUES IN HUMANS. THE USE OF PIEZOELECTRIC SURFACE ACTUATOR ARRAYS IN THE HAND WILL BE INVESTIGATED AS A METHOD TO PROVIDE A DELICATE SENSE OF TOUCH CRITICAL FOR DETECTING SLIPPAGE OF WORKPIECES.

Principal Investigator:

Mr Mark Elling Rosheim
6123793808

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Ross-hime Designs Inc.
1313 5th St Se Minneapolis, MN 55414

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