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Keywords: Robots, Grippers, ManipulatorsApplicant: Ross Hine Designs Inc. (US)Patent number: US5967580Publication date: 19 October 1999Title: Robotic manipulator
The invention provides a pair of connected joints and force imparting means therefore, especially suitable for use in anthropomorphic master-slave robotic system. The force imparting means for the second joint imparts force thereto at an acute angle with respect to the connection between the two joints. A third joint is operated by a flexible tape passing through one joint member to operate the other. Beyond the third joint is supported a structure having a frame with an extension to which a base effector is rotatably connected to be rotatable in orthogonal directions, along with a pair of linear actuators each rotatably connected to that extension on either side of where the base effector is connected and each rotatably connected to the base effector on either side of where the extension is connected thereto. A counterpart structure for controlling this first structure omits the connection between such a frame and base effector of the first structure while keeping the actuator connections to each, and provides means for engaging the controlling operator's hands.