A Haptics Probe for Mine Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAB07-03-C-K00
Agency Tracking Number: A022-2717
Amount: $69,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
727 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Tesar
 Product Development Manag
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Charles Cohen
Title: VP, Research & Developmen
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Email: proposals@cybernet.com
Research Institution
Cybernet proposes to automate certain aspects of the manual search technique for landmines using robotics and haptics. There are many situations where manual clearing is the most reliable method for demining; however, this technique unfortunately puts thehuman very close to the explosive. Our goal in this project is to automate the human-based technique of inserting a probe (often a sharp bayonet) into the earth and carefully probing for mines in the soil. Rather than placing a human mere inches from theexplosive, we will teleoperate the probe, relaying the

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