A New Generation of Actuators for Robotic Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-13-C-0124
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A123-112-0093
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A123-112
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
MD, Suite 500, Greenbelt, MD, 20770-1423
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
094078958
Principal Investigator:
DanielTheobald
CTO
(617) 864-0636
theo@vecna.com
Business Contact:
MichaelBearman
VP, General Counsel
(240) 965-4500
legal@vecna.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Actuators are the primary limiting factor that relegates robots to controlled industrial and military environments and keeps them from becoming the truly useful tools that we hope they will become. Current actuators must be massive in order to provide sufficient strength for real work, requiring that these robots are equally massive, inflexible, and ultimately too dangerous to work alongside humans in industry or manipulate them in clinical/healthcare environments. Vecna Technologies has developed a wholly new and disruptive approach to actuator design that incorporates natural and adaptive compliance, variable force output control, extremely high efficiency, and most of of, highly energy-dense in a simple, low-cost, small, flexible actuator that is simple to manufacture and requires no exotic materials. In this Phase I project, Vecna will develop designs for the control software that will harness the adaptive compliance and variable force output properties of the actuator with human-safe manipulation in mind.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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