UNIVERSAL BILATERAL ROBOTIC CONTROLLER

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,500.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
12067
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Quanta, Inc.
2778 Hargrove Road, Suite 345, Smyrna, GA, 30080
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Gary V. Mcmurray
Dir. Mech. & Robotics Div.
(404) 955-5811
Business Contact:
GARY V. MCCURRAY
PRESIDENT
(404) 955-5811
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
TELEOPERATOR SYSTEMS ARE DISTINGUISHED FROM OTHER TYPES OF ROBOTIC SYSTEMS BY THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF A HUMAN OPERATOR DURING SYSTEM FUNCTIONING. IN CASES WHERE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN ALLOW THE PARTIAL REMOVAL OF MAN FROM THE LOOP, IT IS STILL DESIRABLE TO HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONAL HUMAN TELEOPERATOR BACK-UP SYSTEM. IN THIS WORK, WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A UNIVERSAL BILATERAL ROBOTIC CONTROLLER FOR THE TELEOPERATION OF ROBOTIC MANIPULATORS. THIS SYSTEM IS COMPOSED OF THE FOLLOWING SUBSYSTEMS: BILATERAL MANUAL CONTROLLER (JOYSTICK), COMMUNICATIONS HARDWARE, AND MAPPING SOFTWARE. THE PHASE I STUDY IS TO IDENTIFY INNOVATIVE DESIGNS OF A COUNTERBALANCED, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND COMPACT JOYSTICK THAT PROVIDES FORCE FEEDBACK TO THE HUMAN OPERATOR. NEW MAPPING TECHNIQUES ARE TO BE INVESTIGATED TO PROVIDE THE OPERATOR WITH A TRANSPARENT INTERFACE. PHASE II AND III STUDIES ARE TO INCLUDE THE FABRICATION OF THE UNIVERSAL BILATERAL ROBOTIC CONTROLLER SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM IS TO BE TESTED USING SEVERAL COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE MANIPULATORS.

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