A MEMS Tactile Man-Machine Interface Device for Telemedicine

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36905
Amount: $98,146.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
727 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Gerald P. Roston
 (313) 668-2567
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
We propose the application of HEMS technology to the development of a tactile finger tip display device for operation in conjunction with finger force reflective devices. By co~ining high bandwidth finger tip acutation with lower bandwidth, large motion finger force reflection, we hope to gain full range-of-motion dexterity with the impression of sensitive surface touch. For medical diagnostics and surgical operations which exploit the physician's detailed sense of touch, the proposed marrage of kinesthetic and tactile displays will provide unpresidented control and accuity. Of the four senses that are currently underutilized for man-machine interfaces (sight is currently well utilized), only touch offers the same degree of fidelity as sight and is probably necessary for many remote medical procedures. This proposal addresses technology concepts that will lead to the development of highly innovative tactile sensor technologies that can provide an additional means by which operators and their devices can communicate. This project will exploit the tactile human response mechanism for use as a communication device. It has both enormous philanthropic benefit and commercial potential for the blind and deaf communities. If funded, Cybernet Systems Corporation intends to pursue these opportunities.

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