TitleThe Patched Intrinsic Tactile Object: a Tool to Investigate Human Grasps
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
Conference NameProc. IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2014)
Pagination1261 - 1268
AuthorsSerio, A, Riccomini, E, Tartaglia, V, Sarakoglou, I, Gabiccini, M, Tsagarakis, NG, Bicchi, A
Conference LocationChicago, USA
KeywordsHaptics, Robotics

In this paper we report on the development of a modular multi-DoF F/T sensor and its use in the implementation of a sensorized object capable of multi-touch detection. The sensor is composed of six 6-axis F/T sensors spatially organized on the faces of a cube. Different calibration methods are presented to directly tackle the coupling phenomena inherent to the spatial organization of the faces and the lightweight construction of the sensor which would have, otherwise, degraded its accuracy. To assess the performances of the calibration methods, a comparison is reported with respect to the measurements obtained with a commercial force/torque sensor considered as ground truth (ATI Delta). Thanks to the modular design and the possibility to cover the sensitive faces with surface patches of different geometry, a variety of sensorized objects with different shapes can be realized. The peculiar feature that all the components of the contact wrench can be measured on each face with high accuracy, renders it a unique tool in the study of grasp force distribution in humans, with envisioned use both in neuroscience investigations and robotic applications.

Refereed DesignationRefereed
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