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Company Information:

Name: Syntouch LLC
Address: 2222 South Figueora St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007-
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (213) 477-0710

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $621,479.00 6
SBIR Phase II $2,151,571.00 3

Award List:

Robotic Fruit Harvester Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Nicholas B. Wettels, Director of Research & Development
Award Amount: $65,691.00
Abstract:
Strawberries are a very valuable fruit crop in the United States, ranking fourth in production. The state of California leads this charge at 1.4 billion pounds of strawberries, 83% of the nation's total, worth some $800 million (2001). Production costs are estimated $25,000 per acre, of which… More

SBIR Phase I: Biomimetic Tactile Sensing for Industrial Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Nicholas B. Wettels, MS
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project is to develop a novel biomimetic technology for tactile sensing in which all sensors, connections and circuitry are protected from hostile environments. This project will refine existing designs into commercial products and it will test the… More

Biomimetic Tactile Sensor for Prosthetics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Wettels
Award Amount: $117,932.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Tactile feedback is essential for dexterous use of the hand. Physical therapists working to rehabilitate hands with neurological damage understand that tactile sensation is a key indicator of ultimate hand function. Ne urophysiologists have identified that rapid… More

Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Wettels, Director of Research and Design
Award Amount: $98,915.00
Abstract:
We have developed a robust, multimodal tactile sensing technology that has similar sensitivities and mechanical properties to the human fingertip. We will incorporate these sensing modules into a mechatronic anthropomorphic robot hand and develop computer software to perform exploratory behaviors… More

Biomimetic Tactile Sensor for Prosthetics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Jeremy A. Fishel
Award Amount: $1,102,558.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Tactile feedback is essential for dexterous use of the hand. Physical therapists working to rehabilitate hands with neurological damage understand that tactile sensation is a key indicator of ultimate hand function. Ne urophysiologists have identified that rapid… More

Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Wettels, Director of Research&De – (213) 973-4102
Award Amount: $749,253.00
Abstract:
The world is full of tools and objects for which the human hand seems ideally suited. Not only is the human hand a highly evolved solution to many difficult problems, but humans have fashioned a world of objects and tools suited to the strengths and weaknesses of our hands. Much of the emphasis on… More

SBIR Phase I: Haptic Robotics for Kitting Powertrain Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Nicholas B. Wettels
Award Amount: $148,952.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes that haptic robots offer effective and attractive solutions to the common tasks of Bin-Picking and Kitting, which currently require human workers. A popular application area is programming an industrial robot to work with… More

: Advanced Tactile Sensing for Dexterous Robot Hands in Industrial Automation and Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Fishel – (213) 973-4102
Award Amount: $89,989.00
Abstract:
Robotic actuators exceed human speed, accuracy, and strength, but human hands are regarded as the ultimate in dexterity. SynTouch proposes this is due absent human-like tactile sensing and intelligent reflexive behaviors in robots. SynTouch created a multimodal compliant tactile sensor that mimics… More

Advanced Tactile Sensing for Dexterous Robot Hands in Industrial Automation and Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Fishel – (213) 493-4400
Award Amount: $299,760.00
Abstract:
Robotic actuators exceed human speed, accuracy, and strength, but human hands are regarded as the ultimate in dexterity. We propose this is due absent human-like tactile sensing and intelligent reflexive behaviors in robots. We’ve created multimodal compliant tactile sensors that mimic the sensory… More