Fail-safe,Human-Scale Haptic Robot for Monitoring & Maintaining Astronaut Health

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASA1095
Amount: $69,457.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
139 Main St, Cambridge, MA, 02142
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Townsend
 (617) 252-9000
Business Contact
 William Townsend
Title: CEO
Phone: (617) 252-9000
Research Institution
Barrett Technology, Inc. proposes to design and build a lightweight high-performance manipulator for micro-gravity muscle/bone strengthening and trauma rehabilitation with data quantification. The device will be used on board months-long interplanetary space-exploration missions. The enabling technology is based on the novel concept presented confidentially in this proposal. If Phase I demonstrates feasibility, then Phase II will support the design of such a versatile device, featuring: (1) human-centric operation; (2) virtual energetic sports environments; and (3) a rich stream of quantification data for body motion trajectories, force/torque vectors along the trajectories, and power/energy profiles. Unlike any manipulator available today, the proposed device will achieve the normally incompatible requirements of: (1) human-level strength and (2) reach but also (3) precise controllability and (4) true fail-safe operation - all in a (5) lightweight package. Even Barrett's high-performance WAM¿ arm, which is haptic and has higher force capability than the popular Phantom (sold by Barrett's licensee, Sensable Technologies) cannot meet this set of requirements without a technology breakthrough as significant as the innovation presented within this proposal.

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