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Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-005
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Small Business Information
Kinea Design, LLC
1711-1 Darrow Ave Evanston, IL 60201-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20107
Award Amount: $98,991.00


By any measure, the human hands and brain form a remarkable system for perception and manipulation. Of particular interest to us is the ability to perform tactual stereognosis: i.e., to identify objects by touch. In a landmark study, Lederman and Klatzky (1987) showed that stereognosis is subserved by a set of stereotypical "exploratory procedures" (EP) such as enclosure for shape, static contact for temperature, lateral motion for texture, unsupported holding for weight, etc. Moreover, they showed that EPs are accessed hierarchically because they differ in terms of their duration and breadth of sufficiency for identification. Lederman and Klatzky proposed that these findings could form the basis of a computational theory of haptics. Our approach to this project will be deeply integrative. For example, we do not see it as adequate to add an artificial skin to existing hand hardware. Instead, it is necessary to carefully plan and integrate the mechanical behavior of the hand, the mechanical and sensing properties of the skin, and the structure of the software control. In particular, we are guided by four organizing principles: 1) Compliance is essential, 2) Prior information is essential, 3) Hierarchy of Exploratory Procedures, and 4) Tradeoff of Spatial and Temporal Frequencies.

Principal Investigator:

Julio Santos-Munn,
Dir of Operations

Business Contact:

Michael Peshkin
Small Business Information at Submission:

Kinea Design, LLC
1711-1 Darrow Ave Evanston, IL 60201

EIN/Tax ID: 743099129
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No