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SBIR Phase I: Biomimetic Tactile Sensing for Industrial Robots

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
91013
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0912260
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Syntouch LLC
2222 South Figueora St. Los Angeles, CA 90007-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: SBIR Phase I: Biomimetic Tactile Sensing for Industrial Robots
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0912260
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 transduction properties of the sensors and integrate them with signal processing electronics into self-contained modules. The immediate goal of the proposed research is to facilitate the production of customized tactile sensing arrays that can be incorporated onto mechatronic manipulanda of industrial robots. The research will include design, production engineering, prototype manufacturing and testing to achieve and demonstrate the sensitivity, dynamic range and durability required to perform as an industrial sensor. The results of the preliminary work show the ability of the technology to detect forces in the physiological range of a human finger, and to detect vibrations consistent with slip. Testing the sensitivity will be one key component of the research. The broader impacts and commercial potential of the proposed activities will be the development of a critical capability that will enable robots to interact with the physical world outside of rigid assembly-line environments. Importantly, the designs, materials and fabrication methods of the tactile sensors developed herein shall be suitable to support mass production and field servicing for robots involved in manufacturing of a wide range of goods. Commercial robots could have diverse and dramatic impact on society in manufacturing and service industries by automating repetitive tasks. Robots with tactile feedback will be able to identify and manipulate a wide range of objects. Telerobots with such sensors would offer benefits to society by reducing the need for people to work directly in dangerous environments. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).

Principal Investigator:

Nicholas B. Wettels
MS
2134770710
nick.wettels@syntouchllc.com

Business Contact:

Nicholas B. Wettels
MS
2134770710
nick.wettels@syntouchllc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SynTouch LLC
1642 Camino Lindo South Pasadena, CA 91030

EIN/Tax ID: 262961880
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No