Tactile Detection Robotic Hand System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,915.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N10PC20056
Award Id:
96714
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB3-0084
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2222 South Figueroa Ave. PH23, Los Angeles, CA, 90007
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
827484929
Principal Investigator:
Nicholas Wettels
Director of Research and Design
(213) 477-0710
nick.wettels@syntouchllc.com
Business Contact:
Matthew Borzage
Head of Business Development
(213) 493-4400
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 f?" 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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