Tactile object exploration using cursor navigation sensors

Dirk Kraft, Alexander Bierbaum, Morten Kjaergaard, Jurgis Ratkevicius, Anders Kjær-Nielsen, Charlotte Ryberg, Henrik Gordon Petersen, Tamim Asfour, Ruediger Dillmann, Norbert Krüger

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In robotic applications tactile sensor systems serve the purpose of localizing a contact point and measuring contact forces. We have investigated the applicability of a sensorial device commonly used in cursor navigation technology for tactile sensing in robotics. We show the potential of this sensor for active haptic exploration. More specifically, we present experiments and results which demonstrate the extraction of relevant object properties such as local shape, weight and elasticity using this technology. Besides its low price due to mass production and its modularity, an interesting aspect of this sensor is that beside a localization of contact points and measurement of the contact normal force also shear forces can be measured. This is relevant for many applications such as surface normal estimation and weight measurements. Scalable tactile sensor arrays have been developed with this sensor which can be arranged as tiles on a surface, e.g. a manipulator.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuroHaptics conference, 2009 and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems. World Haptics 2009. Third Joint
Number of pages301
PublisherElectrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Communications and Information Technology Association
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-3858-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventWorldhaptics 2009 - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 18. Mar 200920. Mar 2009
Conference number: 3


ConferenceWorldhaptics 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City


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