TACTILE SENSOR STUDY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$225,500.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1331
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Consultant's Choice Inc.
8601 Dunwoody Place, Suite 122, Atlanta, GA, 30338
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
KIRK F. PENNYWITZ
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING A GENERAL PURPOSE TACTILE SENSOR CAPABLE OF IDENTIFYING THE TEXTURE, COMPLIANCE, AND SURFACE FEATURES OF AN OBJECT. THE TACTILE SENSOR WILL CONSIST OF A PIEZOELECTRIC POLYMER MATERIAL WHICH GENERATES AN ELECTRICAL SIGNAL IN RESPONSE TO AN APPLIED FORCE. THE SENSOR WILL BE DESIGNED TO MOVE ACROSS THE OBJECT BEING EXAMINED, AND THE SIGNALS THUS GENERATED WILL BE ANALYZED AND ASSOCIATED WITH THE CORRESPONDING SURFACE FEATURES OF THE OBJECT. THEN, THROUGH THE USE OF APPROPRIATE PHYSICAL SEARCH ALGORITHMS AND PROCESSING OF TECHNIQUES, THE SENSOR'S CAPABILITIES WILL BE EXTENDED TO ALLOW IDENTIFICATION OF AN OBJECT'S EDGES, IT'S OVERALL SIZE AND SHAPE, AND THE TYPE OF MATERIAL IT IS COMPOSED OF.

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