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Ohka, Masahiro (Nagoya University), Matsunaga, Takuya (Hitachi Omuron), Nojima, Yu (Hitachi), Noda, Daiji (University of Hyogo), Hattori, Tadashi (University of Hyogo)

Basic Experiments of Three-Axis Tactile Sensor Using Optical Flow

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Session "Force & Tactile Sensors" (TuD01), Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 17:00−17:15, Meeting Room 1 (Mini-sota)

2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 14-18, 2012, RiverCentre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Keywords Force and Tactile Sensing, Grasping, Product Design, Development and Prototyping

Abstract

Three-axis tactile sensing has advantages for grasping an object of unknown mass and hardness. We developed a new three-axis tactile sensor that possesses a simple structure to endure large applied force from a powerful grasp. Vertical force distribution is measured based on grayscale values obtained by image data processing, as with previous three-axis tactile sensors. Tangential force distribution is determined by the linear movement of image data calculated by optical flow. The sensing characteristics of this sensor are dominated by the configuration and material of fine conical feelers formed on a silicon rubber sheet. By UV-LIGA, we obtain a fine mold of a silicon rubber sheet. In evaluation experiments, we applied both vertical and tangential force to the sensor and confirmed this tactile sensorís ability to acquire normal and tangential forces. In its design, we utilize a USB microscope that has a CMOS camera and a light source. In a series of experiments, we performed vertical and tangential force tests to obtain its basic characteristics. The linear relationship between the grayscale value and the vertical force is obtained from the vertical force test. If the average optical flow is under 0.2 mm, the tangential force is proportional to the average optical flow. The inclination of the relationship between the tangential force and the average optical flow increases with additional vertical force. Finally, we derive a series of equations for three-axis force calculatio

 

 

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