Photonic Robots

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,995.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ05JC02C
Award Id:
76824
Agency Tracking Number:
040983
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
650 Vaqueros Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
877452664
Principal Investigator:
Behzad Moslehi
Principal Investigator
(408) 328-8648
bm@ifos.com
Business Contact:
Behzad Moslehi
Business Official
(408) 328-8648
bm@ifos.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To operate complicated tools and perform intricate repairs requires a manipulator of great precision and excellent coordination. An instrument such as the human hand is a perfect example; it is an organ for the reception of and reaction to tactile stimuli, a perception that guides the repertoire of manual functions. However, the integration of an analogous sensing suite into a robotic platform poses a major technological challenge. The "smart skin" solution IFOS proposes is 2-D sensor based on the integration of high-sensitivity embedded Fiber Bragg grating (FBG), a custom engineered composite material - Nano Particle Material (NPM) ? and data interpretation and on-board decision-making. This sensor will support multi-point strain sensing to control the force exerted by robot end-effectors or manipulators on an object, required by such operations as assembly, surface-machining and cutting. Our goal is design and control of an anthropomorphic manipulation prototype based on high-resolution artificial taction. Optical sensors promise particular advantages for a robot that can achieve high-fidelity force control and that can operate safely in contact with astronauts. FBG sensors are robust, highly accurate, and immune to electromagnetic interference. A network of such sensors can be integrated directly into the structure or skin of an anthropomorphic robot.

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