SBIR Phase I:Artificial Hand with Internal Visual Feedback

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0638206
Agency Tracking Number: 0638206
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
2520 W 237TH ST, Suite B117, TORRANCE, CA, 90505
DUNS: 033449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Rubtsov
 (424) 263-6316
Business Contact
 Vladimir Rubtsov
Title: PhD
Phone: (424) 263-6316
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project proposes the development of a mini-manipulator -- ""Artificial Hand with Internal Visual Feedback"" -- for a wide range of robotic manipulations on the miniscale. Evolving from initial studies at UCLA, this device will be comprised of a four-finger pneumatically controlled manipulator that will be coupled with an imaging system. The use of silicon micromachining to fabricate multiple phalanges per finger, a fiber optic imaging and illuminating bundle, and micro optics will allow the entire device to fit into a two-millimeter diameter tube. This device, which will enable the precise handling of very small samples and provide immediate visual feedback to a human operator, will be an alternative to the robotic hands that provide only tactile feedback. There will be numerous opportunities to integrate the proposed mini-manipulator technology into industrial, and particularly medical, applications. A millimeter-sized, highly flexible, water/blood compatible, manipulation instrument with built-in visualization capabilities would be extremely valuable in microsurgical procedures. Such an instrument would find immediate use in gastric, ear-nose-throat, and particularly intravascular environments. The repair and inspection of small-scale mechanical and electrical assemblies, and the retrieval of fine parts, would also benefit from the ""eye-in-the hand"" capabilities of the proposed device.

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