ROBOTIC ADAPTIVE GRASPING WITH A CAPACITANCE ARRAY TACTILE SENSING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$407,600.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
10447
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Extrude Hone Corp.
Po Box 527, 8075 Pennsylvania Ave, Irwin, PA, 15642
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Donald G Risko
 () -
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE NEED FOR ADAPTIVE GRASPING OF VARIOUS OBJECTS BY ONE END-EFFECTOR IS REQUIRED FOR ROBOTS DESIGNED TO OPERATE IN SPACE. THEREFORE, A SENSOR SYSTEM THAT CAN BE INTEGRATED WITH A FLEXIBLE END-EFFECTOR TO PROVIDE TARGET RECOGNITION AND CONTROLLED GRIPPING IS PROPOSED. BASIC RESEARCH HAS BEEN CONDUCTED BY THE PROPOSER ON CAPACITANCE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY, INDICATING THAT CAPACITANCE BETWEEN A SENSOR AND A TARGET CAN PRODUCE TACTILE INFORMATION. FURTHERMORE, CAPACITANCE SENSORS ARE LIGHT WEIGHT AND ROBUST THEREBY MAKING THEM EXCELLENT CANDIDATES FOR SPACE ROBOTIC SYSTEMS. PHASE I OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WILL INVESTIGATE THE APPLICABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUITABILITY OF THIS TECHNOLOGY TO SPACE ROBOTIC SYSTEMS. AN ADAPTIVE CONTROL PHILOSOPHY AND LIMITATIONS WILL BE ESTABLISHED BASED ON ALGORITHM SCHEMES THAT WILL BE PROPOSED. PHASE II WOULD ESTABLISH AND DEMONSTRATE ADAPTIVE, GRASPING SYSTEM BASED ON THE CAPACITANCE SENSING SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM DESIGN WILL HAVE AS AN OBJECTIVE, THE MAXIMIZING OF INFORMATION FROM A SINGLE SENSOR (OR ARRAY OF SENSORS) AND MINIMIZING THE RELIANCE ON SENSOR FUSION SCHEMES, HENCE MINIMIZING THE COMPLEXITY OF HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE.

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