Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$98,915.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N10PC20056
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB3-0084
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB093-005
Small Business Information
SynTouch LLC
2222 South Figueroa Ave. PH23, Los Angeles, CA, 90007
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
827484929
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas Wettels
 Director of Research and Design
 (213) 477-0710
 nick.wettels@syntouchllc.com
Business Contact
 Matthew Borzage
Title: Head of Business Development
Phone: (213) 493-4400
Email: matt.borzage@syntouchllc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We have developed a robust, multimodal tactile sensing technology that has similar sensitivities and mechanical properties to the human fingertip. We will incorporate these sensing modules into a mechatronic anthropomorphic robot hand and develop computer software to perform exploratory behaviors and discriminate objects based on sensory feedback. This sensor is based on a biomimetic design and strategies. The world is full of tools and objects for which the human hand seems ideally suited. Not only is the human hand a highly evolved solution to many difficult problems, but the world has evolved to accommodate its strengths and weaknesses. Much of the emphasis on biomimetic design of robotic hands to date has concerned the mechanical linkages – the location and nature of rigid segments, articulations between them and linkages to actuators (bones, joints and tendons, respectively). But such anthropomorphism is no guarantee of success; achieving functionality such as dexterous manipulation will require the addition of sensors and sensorimotor control algorithms, which should also benefit from biomimetic design.

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