On control for "blind touching" by human-like thumb robots

Kenji Tahara, Suguru Arimoto, Zhi Wei Luo, Morio Yoshida

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Abstract

Human can pinch or grasp and manipulate an object stably and dexterously. Accomplishment of such tasks is contributed from human hand's configuration, called "Fingers-thumb opposability". This opposability of the thumb against other digits is specific and granted to only human among primates. When we use a cell phone, or change a TV's channel using a remote controller, we grasp it by a palm and digits other than the thumb, and push buttons using the thumb quickly, without looking the buttons. These kinds of thumb's movement seem to be one of the most intelligent movements in a human. Therefore, execution of such touching tasks without visual or tactile sensing is called in this paper "Blind Touching". The goal of this research is to realize human-like "Blind Touching" by means of a 5 D.O.F. thumb robot model with soft and hemispherical finger-tip. To do this, we formulate a simultaneous contact position and touching force control by using 3-Dimensional rolling contact with the task plane. First, dynamics of the 5 D.O.F. thumb robot model with hemispherical soft finger-tip under rolling constraints is derived. Then, a sensory-motor control law without vision, force or tactile sensing is proposed. Some numerical simulations show that the desired contact position and touching force can be attained by the proposed control scheme. A theoretical proof of convergence to the desired state is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07
Pages592-598
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 27 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Apr 10 2007Apr 14 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period4/10/074/14/07

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Tahara, K., Arimoto, S., Luo, Z. W., & Yoshida, M. (2007). On control for "blind touching" by human-like thumb robots. In 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07 (pp. 592-598). [4209155] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBOT.2007.363051