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A flexible high resolution tactile imager with video signal output

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3 Author(s)
Shimojo, M. ; Ind. Products Res. Inst., Ibaraki, Japan ; Ishikawa, M. ; Kanaya, K.

A high-resolution and sheetlike form imaging tactile sensor with video signal output has been developed. The sensor has a 64×64 array of sensing elements on a flexible PC board with 1-mm spatial resolution. Since the sensor outputs pressure distribution as a video signal, a real-time tactile image can be observed using a TV monitor. As the sensor is made up of a sheet of pressure-sensitive conductive rubber and stripe electrodes, there are undesirable currents passing between sensing elements. Thus these undesirable current passes must be cut within a short scanning period (500 ns for each element). The authors used a ground potential method and proved it useful under such a high-speed scanning condition. The properties of pressure-sensitive conductive rubber, including hysteresis and creep effects, are presented. A spatial filtering effect of an elastic cover for a tactile sensor is analyzed

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Robotics and Automation, 1991. Proceedings., 1991 IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

9-11 Apr 1991