ANTHROPOMORPHIC CUTANEOUS TACTILE SENSING ON DEXTEROUS MECHANICAL HANDS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
9513
Agency Tracking Number:
9513
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
918 E 900rd S, Salt Lake City, UT, 84105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Allen R Grahn
(801) 359-0402
Business Contact:
() -
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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