Tactile Telepresence System for Dexterous Telerobotics
Tactile Telepresence System for Dexterous
5 Claret Ash Road
Littleton, CO 80127
Stefan Begej (303-973-5042)
JPL -- NAS7-1015
The objective of this project is to design and fabricate an innovative fingertip-shaped,
tactile telepresence system for dexterous robot systems. The principal tasks are:
design of various miniature, tactile stimulator elements, construction of a thin,
fingertip stimulator unit containing 35 elements, fabrication of an optical, fingertip-shaped
tactile sensor containing 35 sensor elements, and construction of an interface unit
that will couple the optical output from the tactile sensor to the fingertip stimulation
unit. The performance of the resulting tactile stimulation system will be qualitatively
evaluated using a simple, single-finger teleoperator test device.
Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of fabricating small tactile stimulator elements
and resulted in the construction and satisfactory demonstration of a low-resolution,
37-element tactile telepresence system for a single finger.
Potential Commercial Application:
Potential Commercial Application: Primary application would be in the control of
dexterous robotic devices in space. Terrestrial applications include remote handling
operations in the nuclear, chemical, and ordnance industries.