Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0077
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB2-0085
Amount: $98,690.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB092-005
Solitcitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 78216
Duns: 193786014
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Burridge
 Senior Scientist
 (281) 461-7884
Business Contact
 David Kortenkamp
Title: President
Phone: (281) 461-7884
Research Institution
There are many mundane tasks that humans – even children – perform easily, yet are unattainable by current robotic systems. These include dexterous manipulation in unstructured environments, where the exact location and characteristics of the objects are not known a priori, such as picking fruit or doing dishes. Recent years have seen many advances in both robotic manipulation and machine vision. Robots pick-and-place electronic components faster than the eye can see, and vision systems routinely inspect products hundreds of times per minute. Despite this, robotic and vision systems remain highly specialized in tightly controlled environments. We need a way to integrate these separate capabilities into a single closed-loop system. We will produce dexterous hand-eye coordination by focusing on four major subsystems: A vision system capable of identifying and localizing target objects in real-time, a hand capable of manipulating the objects, an arm capable of positioning the hand to the desired location, and a control system able to coordinate the other systems. TRACLabs has experience with all four of these areas, and is capable of integrating them into a unified system. In fact, TRACLabs scientists have already done this for NASA’s humanoid Robonaut to perform tool-use tasks similar to those in the solicitation.

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