ANTHROPOMORPHIC CUTANEOUS TACTILE SENSING ON DEXTEROUS MECHANICAL HANDS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9513
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Bonneville Scientific Inc.
918 E 900rd S, Salt Lake City, UT, 84105
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Allen R Grahn
 (801) 359-0402
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ALTHOUGH SPECIALLY DESIGNED END-EFFECTORS HAVE PROVIDED PRESENT DAY ROBOTS AND TELEOPERATOR SYSTEMS WITH THE ABILITY TO DO MANY INTRICATE TASKS, TRUE MANIPULATOR DEXTERITY WILL ONLY COME THROUGH THE USE OF MULTI-FINGERED ANTHROPOMORPHIC MECHANICAL HANDS. STABLE GRASPING OF IRREGULAR OBJECTS, OBJECT RECOGNITION, PRECISION ASSEMBLY, AND PERFORMANCE OF MANY INTRICATE TASKS NOW CONFINED TO HUMANS WILL BE ABLE TO BE PERFORMED IN A TELEOPERATION MODE IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS WITH SUCH SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, CONTROLLING SUCH A TELEOPERATION SYSTEM DURING THE PERFORMANCE OF INTRICATE TASKS WITHOUT SENSORY FORCE FEEDBACK IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE. THIS PROPOSAL PRESENTS AN APPROACH TO DEVELOP A NEAR-ANTHROPOMORPHIC TACTILE SENSING SYSTEM FOR THE UTAH/MIT DEXTEROUS HAND WHICH WILL FULFILL THE NEED FOR A SOPHISTICATED MAN/MACHINE INTERFACE FOR TELEOPERATION IN MILITARY AND OTHER APPLICATIONS.

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