SBIR Phase I: Force-Reflective Dexterous Telerobotic Manipulators

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0912913
Award Id:
91116
Agency Tracking Number:
0912913
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VPI Engineering (Currently Visionary Products Inc.)
11814 S Election Rd., Suite 200, Draper, UT, 84020
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175862648
Principal Investigator:
Gordon Olsen
MEE
(801) 495-2310
gordono@vpieng.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Olsen
MEE
(801) 495-2310
gordono@vpieng.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project involves the development of inexpensive, reconfigurable force-reflective telerobotic manipulators. Incorporating dexterous manipulators onto available mobile robotic platforms greatly expands the capabilities and usefulness of the systems, providing telerobotic operators the ability to safely touch, feel, and interact with objects in remote, unknown, and possibly hazardous environments. Currently available mobile robots and remote manipulation systems do not have the dexterity and portability needed for many of these situations, nor the cost effectiveness to be affordable by target users. These systems can break down doors but cannot open them. They can pick up and transport objects, but cannot easily open a door, trunk, or hood of a car. The proposed system will be a high fidelity dexterous system that can perform these tasks. This proposal is a unique application of existing technology with proposed innovations for improved intersystem stiffness and force-reflection bandwidth. The development of the proposed technology will also promote faster deployment into the field and enable applications supporting a broader spectrum of tasks, providing telerobotic operators, from a safe distance, the ability to more transparently sense and accurately control the interactive forces that are experienced at the point of manipulation during the execution of a task. Commercial potential for this technology lies in manufacturing and industrial robotics, defusing and examining improvised explosive devices or bombs, performing medical triage from a remote location, and tactile examination and manipulation of dangerous or hazardous materials in remote environments for military, homeland security and industrial applications. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).

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