Improved Tele-Control for Manipulator Equipped Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0211
Agency Tracking Number: A093-186-0115
Amount: $69,889.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-186
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
990 North 8000 West, Petersboro, UT, 84325
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matt Berkemeier
 Robotics Research Scientist
 (435) 755-2980
 mattb@autonomoussolutions.com
Business Contact
 Chris Brown
Title: Business Development Manager
Phone: (435) 755-2980
Email: sue@novasensors.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Under the Phase I program, ASI will examine the available technologies for improving manipulation, create preliminary designs of how to integrate these technologies on current platforms (the Talon and Packbot), and simulate the effects of improved dynamic modeling and sensor feedback on manipulator performance. The deliverables for Phase I will thus be: • Preliminary design of retrofit packages for the Talon and Packbot including: o Improved joint angle encoders o Force and torque sensors o Stereovision camera o MEMS IMU o Computing resources o Add-on improved gripper • HRI tests using 3D visualization with a stereo display to document improvements resulting from enhanced depth perception • A simulation of manipulation control using a dynamic model of the MTRS Packbot

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