Flexible full‐body tactile sensor of low cost and minimal output connections for service robot

Zengxi Pan (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA)
Zhenqi Zhu (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to design a new full‐body tactile sensor which is essential for the application of personal service robot similar to human skin.

Design/methodology/approach

The largest difficulty for designing a full‐body tactile sensor is the huge number of output connections. The sensor introduced in this paper is a special multi‐layer structure, which could minimize the output connections while sensing both the position and force information. Since it is made of conductive and non‐conductive textiles, the sensor could be used to cover the curved surface of robot body.

Findings

With better structure design, output connectors and signal measurement times could be dramatically reduced.

Research limitations/implications

Sensor area and performance are limited by the sensitivity of the measurement circuits.

Originality/value

Introduces an innovate design of full‐body tactile sensor.

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Citation

Pan, Z. and Zhu, Z. (2005), "Flexible full‐body tactile sensor of low cost and minimal output connections for service robot", Industrial Robot, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 485-491. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910510629217

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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