Electromechanical Vibratory Tactile Stimulation
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Orbital Technologies Corp
402 Gammon Place, Suite 10, Madison, WI, 53719
Thomas M. Crabb
AbstractORBITEC proposes to develop an innovative Electromechanical Vibratory Tactile Stimulation (EVTS) system that will provide intuitive tactile, force, and torque feedback. The need for this type of feedback is growing, as manipulators become more dextrous, and more complex tasks are to be carried out by teleoperators. EVTS consists of several vibratory electromechanical stimulators combined into one structure, and miniaturizing the structure and electromagnets. The geometrical placement of stimulators plays an important part in the capability of EVTS to provide comfortable intuitive feedback. The number of stimulators allows for different "patterns", "vectors", and "levels" of stimulation possible. This innovative approach will provide NASA with a safe, durable, and effective form of feedback to human operators. This technology has the potential to become a reliable commercial source for effective, and intuitive, form of a tactile, force and torque feedback system.
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