UNIVERSAL BILATERAL ROBOTIC CONTROLLER

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12067
Amount: $49,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2778 Hargrove Road, Suite 345, Smyrna, GA, 30080
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary V. Mcmurray
 Dir. Mech. & Robotics Div.
 (404) 955-5811
Business Contact
 GARY V. MCCURRAY
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (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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