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A haptic sensing upgrade for the current EOD robotic fleet
Author(s): Patrick Rowe
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Paper Abstract

The past decade and a half has seen a tremendous rise in the use of mobile manipulator robotic platforms for bomb inspection and disposal, explosive ordnance disposal, and other extremely hazardous tasks in both military and civilian settings. Skilled operators are able to control these robotic vehicles in amazing ways given the very limited situational awareness obtained from a few on-board camera views. Future generations of robotic platforms will, no doubt, provide some sort of additional force or haptic sensor feedback to further enhance the operator’s interaction with the robot, especially when dealing with fragile, unstable, and explosive objects. Unfortunately, the robot operators need this capability today. This paper discusses an approach to provide existing (and future) robotic mobile manipulator platforms, with which trained operators are already familiar and highly proficient, this desired haptic and force feedback capability. The goals of this technology are to be rugged, reliable, and affordable. It should also be able to be applied to a wide range of existing robots with a wide variety of manipulator/gripper sizes and styles. Finally, the presentation of the haptic information to the operator is discussed, given the fact that control devices that physically interact with the operators are not widely available and still in the research stages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9116, Next-Generation Robots and Systems, 911602 (4 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2058237
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Patrick Rowe, RE2, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9116:
Next-Generation Robots and Systems
Dan O. Popa; Muthu B. J. Wijesundara, Editor(s)

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